Angry teen hits girl in town

North Somerset Courthouse.

North Somerset Courthouse. - Credit: Archant

AN ANGRY teenager, who received threats on Facebook from a girl she had never met, punched her on a night out.

Crystal Matty, of Grasmere Drive, Weston, admitted assaulting Shannon Robinson on October 4 and told police she ‘blacks out’ when she gets angry.

The 18-year-old appeared at North Somerset Courthouse on Monday charged with assault by beating and magistrates heard she had been on a night out when the incident occurred.

Mae Lee, prosecuting, said: “Shannon Robinson went into Weston’s town centre to meet friends and two females started shouting at her friend.

“The friend went towards them and they went off to an alley. Miss Robinson went to find them and the next thing she realised she is being punched to the back of the head, with another blow to her nose.

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“Miss Matty and another woman were named due to CCTV which showed them assaulting her.

“Miss Matty said she had a conversation with the victim over Facebook and Miss Robinson had made threats towards her. Miss Matty said she had never met her before.

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“She (Matty) became angry and hit her two or three times and saw blood on her face. She told police ‘I have an anger issue and I black out when I’m angry and when I drink.’”

Ian Parker, defending, added Matty was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) when she was five years old and suffered with behaviour and mental health problems.

He said: “She has been referred to a counsellor to deal with anger management and steps are being taken to address the problems she has. The alcohol did have an effect on her, and combined with the other problems she has means she lashed out without thinking and punched the victim.

“Fortunately the injuries were not serious and it was a very brief incident. Miss Matty is very sorry to have got involved in that and is trying to deal with her issues.”

Matty was sentenced to a community order with a three-month curfew requirement from 6pm-6am.

She was also ordered to pay £100 in compensation to the victim, a £60 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.

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