Dead man’s girlfriend in court for third time

THE girlfriend of Weston man Darren Plumley who was killed by two men in 2009 has appeared in court for the third time since his death.

Toni Parker, aged 22, was charged with beating Paris Selman at Cheers Bar in High Street on October 23.

Parker, of Bournville Road, was previously convicted of assaulting takeaway staff she accused of being involved in Mr Plumley’s death in February 2009 and of police harassment seven months later.

Magistrates, sitting at North Somerset Courthouse on Tuesday, heard that Parker attacked Miss Selman because the victim had fallen out with her sister Amy.

Mai Li, prosecuting, told the court that Miss Selman was waiting for friends in the bar when Parker, who works in a supermarket, approached her and started shouting at her.

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She said: “The defendant grabbed her hair and punched her several times to the head and face.

“This caused Miss Selman to hear a loud crack and her nose was bleeding.”

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In a personal victim statement Miss Selman, who now has a misplaced nose, said she had not been out socially with her friends in Weston since the incident and she is frightened of being on her own in public places in case she is attacked.

Judith Mills, defending, said: “Miss Parker was in a relationship and very sadly her partner was murdered in Christmas 2008.

“As you can imagine there followed a very difficult time emotionally. She drank far more than was good for her.

“She wasn’t working and she was very upset and distressed.”

Mrs Mills said she committed the two offences shortly after the death of her boyfriend because of her state of mind but this latest attack was a ‘momentary lapse of control’.

She added: “Since that last offence in 2009 things have changed considerably for her. “She has come to terms with the death of her partner, clearly that will never go away but it has receded into the background a little bit and she is on an even keel.”

Parker, who pleaded guilty to assault by beating at an earlier hearing, was sentenced to an 18-month supervision order, and 18-month community order with anger replacement training and must carry out 50 hours of unpaid work.

She was also ordered to pay costs of �85 and compensation of �1,200.

Mr Plumley, aged 25, died following a New Year’s Day attack in Gloucester Street in 2009.

His killers Sultan Burak, of Richmond Street, and Deniz Mehmetoglu, who were aged 30 and 33 respectively when they were sentenced, were jailed for manslaughter 30 months in November 2009.

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