Wheelchair-bound woman found not guilty of assault

PUBLISHED: 12:33 30 March 2006 | UPDATED: 11:39 04 May 2010

DISABLED Ely woman Sheree Smith was found not guilty of assaulting a neighbour after a trial before city magistrates on Thursday. It had been alleged that she got out of her wheelchair outside her New Barns Avenue home, walked across the road, and swung a

DISABLED Ely woman Sheree Smith was found not guilty of assaulting a neighbour after a trial before city magistrates on Thursday.

It had been alleged that she got out of her wheelchair outside her New Barns Avenue home, walked across the road, and swung a punch at Christopher Wing, hitting him in the face.

"She grabbed him on the shirt, he grabbed her wrist and pushed her away," prosecutor Delia Matthews told the court. "She walked back to her house, still shouting."

But in the witness box, 45-year-old Smith said she was physically unable to commit assault, she had nerve damage to her arms and legs, liver damage, arthritis, and was wheelchair bound.

She told the court she had got out of her wheelchair on November 4 last year, and had an argument with Mr Wing, but she denied punching him.

Presiding magistrate Hamish Ross said there were too many inconsistencies in the evidence to convict Smith.

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