A thug attacked Derby nightclub patrons with his shoe
Two young thugs attacked two women in a club toilet in Derby town centre. Derby Crown Court heard how Elise Patel hit one of the victims in the head with a wooden heeled sandal as her friend Rosie Millward joined in the assault.
While one of the victims did not file a complaint with the police, the other, who had to be hospitalized for his injury, spoke to the police. In her statement, read out in court, she recounted how since the incident, nearly two years ago, her confidence levels have plummeted and her anxiety levels have risen.
Condemning the couple, recorder Collingwood Thompson QC said: “Violence in nightclubs and pubs, fueled by drink, has become commonplace in this country and what happened in July 2020, unfortunately, is typical of what the courts see day in and day out. .
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“From what was perceived as an insult, you, Miss Patel, argued, took off your shoe and used it as a weapon on the two victims on several occasions.
“Both were injured in the assault and you, Miss Millward, participated in the assault of both victims to a lesser extent.”
Siward James-Moore, prosecuting, said the attack took place in the Ghost Bar toilets at the back of the old Wardwick Tavern on July 29, 2020.
He said the two victims, including a former classmate of Millward and who had been assaulted by her before, started talking.
The prosecutor said: ‘One of them (the victims) was looking at herself in the mirror and Miss Patel said ‘what are you looking at? “.
“She replied that she wasn’t looking at her and was looking at herself in the mirror and at that point Miss Patel and Miss Millward pushed her.
“Miss Patel took off her shoe, it was a wedge sandal, and proceeded to hit the two women in the head with it, while Miss Millward grabbed her hair (of a victim).”
Mr James-Moore said the two attackers then fled, but one of the victims tracked Patel down via Instagram and police became involved.
Patel, 22, of Cotton Lane, Derby, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm.
Steve Cobley, her attorney, said her client is “fit, able and willing” to perform unpaid work if spared immediate custody.
He said: “She wrote a heartfelt letter describing herself as ‘a lost soul’ at the time of this offence.
“She has now changed her life, she has ambitions and goals and she now enjoys life in a positive way.”
She was sentenced to 10 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, with 15 rehabilitation sessions and 150 hours of unpaid work.
Millward, 21, of Harvey Road, Alvaston, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by battery.
Mitigating Darron Whitehead said: “She’s a young lady with a number of issues to deal with and, more importantly, these two young ladies have been out of trouble for 22 months since those offences.”
She received a community prescription for 12 months with 15 rehabilitation sessions.
After assaulting one of the victims previously, she received a restraining order from contacting this woman for 15 months.