Mum attacks ex-partner and his friend in a bar
PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 June 2013
A WESTON mum has been fined and given a restraining order for attacking her ex-partner and his friend.
Lisa Procter, aged 43, of Hobart Road, pleaded guilty at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges to assaulting Paul Rossiter and Michelle Todd.
The incident happened at Shooters bar, in Weston High Street, just after 9.30pm on May 5.
Reading from Mr Rossiter’s statement, Michael Collins, prosecuting, said: “I was playing pool with friends when my ex-partner approached me.
“She scratched me on the face and started shouting and throwing balls at me.
“A male I know got in the middle of us and tried to stop it, but Procter continued to scratch my face and in order to protect myself I grabbed her hair.
“Procter was using both hands to scratch me. It lasted three to four minutes and at one point she scratched me directly on the eye.
“She eventually walked away. On her way out she punched my female friend. Due to the assault I sustained scratches to my upper lip, cheek, chest and neck. All the scratches were bleeding.”
Mr Rossiter stated he had been in a relationship with Procter for 12 years but they had split in 2011.
Mr Collins added: “The victim has asked for a restraining order. There have been previous incidents and he has grave concerns and wants to get on with his life.”
Nigel Yeo, mitigating, told the court Procter had begun a relationship with a friend of Mr Rossiter’s who had subjected her to a ‘campaign of abusive text messages’.
He added that on the night of the assault, Procter was drinking at Shooters with her male manager and some friends from work when her ex-partner turned up and threatened her manager.
Mr Yeo said: “Procter believed the only reason he knew she was there was because Mr Rossiter had told him.”
He added: “She flipped. It was just a moment of madness. She very much regrets her behaviour.”
Mr Rossiter denied sending any texts to Procter’s ex-partner and said he had not noticed she was in the bar until she began attacking him.
Chair of the bench, David Cook, said: “You lost your temper and committed this offence when you shouldn’t have done so.”
Procter was fined £160 for the first assault, £160 for the second charge, ordered to pay £85 costs, £100 compensation to Mr Rossiter, £50 compensation to Michelle Todd and a £20 victim surcharge.
She was given a restraining order for five years and ordered not to contact Mr Rossiter or go within five metres of his home.