Ely Woman Facing Jail For Two Violent Attacks on Same Evening

A WOMAN who launched unprovoked and violent attacks on three females in Ely within a couple of hours is facing jail. Susan Statham assaulted skating coach Clare Tuck at the Paradise Sports Centre in the early part of the evening of April 11, and then move

A WOMAN who launched unprovoked and violent attacks on three females in Ely within a couple of hours is facing jail.

Susan Statham assaulted skating coach Clare Tuck at the Paradise Sports Centre in the early part of the evening of April 11, and then moved into Jubilee Gardens where she set about two 15-year-old schoolgirls.

Those assaults put Statham in breach of her two-year ASBO, and in danger of going to jail.

She had denied the assaults and breaching her ASBO, but was convicted of all offences in her absence by Ely magistrates on Thursday, and a warrant was issued for her arrest.


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Giving evidence at the trial, Claire Tuck described being in the sports hall changing rooms when 22-year-old Statham told her: "Do you know who I am; I have beaten up girls twice your size."

Statham then head-butted her on the nose, and charged her in the rib cage, knocking her back into the doorway of a toilet, and on to the floor.

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"She started to grab my hair, we tussled on the floor for a while," Ms Tuck told the magistrates. "She wrapped her legs around my neck."

Duty manager Kevin Sizer rescued Ms Tuck, and ended up with a broken wrist after pulling Statham away.

Later the same evening, two schoolgirls were in Jubilee Gardens, on their way to a pizza restaurant, when Statham started to shout at them.

"She circled us so we couldn't get past," one girl told the court. "She put her leg in front of mine and knocked me to the ground. I tried to get back up, and she kicked me back to the floor and kicked me repeatedly.

"My friend helped me up, and Susan Statham punched my friend in the jaw, she put all her force into it, I heard her jaw crack, and it made my friend lose her balance.

"My friend took my hand, and we ran, and didn't look back." The girls went to a nearby fish and chip shop, and then got a lift to a city centre restaurant, where they were collected and the police were called.

When arrested, Statham denied head-butting Claire Tuck, and claimed she had put her legs round her, to calm her down. She denied any assault on the two girls.

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