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Court hears womens fight was a result of long running family feud

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A Leeds mum who bit chunks out of another woman’s ears during a fight they had arranged on Facebook has been jailed for two years.

Julie-Ann Doherty and Shona Knight had been feuding for around six months, exchanging angry messages via text and on social media.

The row came to a head when the pair agreed to meet in person to settle the dispute.

On January 8th this year, they had gone to the travellers’ site in Cottingley Springs and Doherty had immediately attacked the complainant.

Leeds Crown Court heard that Knight retaliated but came off worse in the struggle.

The 28-year-old was kicked to the floor, held by her hair and suffered bites and bitten on both arms and ears.

The Judge heard that Knight had been scarred for life by the bite marks and would require surgery at a later date.

Doherty, 33, of Armley, was arrested a few days after the altercation and pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The pair, whose families have a bitter rivalry, had not seen each other for more than a decade, until a chance meeting in the White Rose centre last year.

This led to the exchange of messages, culminating in the fight earlier this year.

Recorder Taryn Turner said: “You are a married woman with responsibilities. You should know better.

“It is quite clear that there is a different side to you but you allowed yourself to be drawn in to this and you should have resisted.”

If you are facing charges for an attack on someone else, Lester Morrill’s criminal law team can help. Our Leeds-based solicitors will advise on all the options available depending on the severity of the charge and your own individual circumstances. For further details on the services we provide, please contact us today.

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