Two young mums left another mum with black eyes and a missing tooth after she made a rude remark at an Ann Summers party. Jade Haynes was viciously attacked at the house in Radford, Nottingham. She was a guest at a party hosted at the home of mother-of-two Kelly Mercer, with a representative of the high street sex toy and lingerie shop there to sell its lines. But violence broke out when Mercer wrongly believed Ms Haynes called her children tramps.
Mercer’s friend Natalie Kennedy, a mum-of-two, grabbed hold of the victim’s hair and pulled her head down, Nottingham Crown Court heard. An unidentified party-goer punched Ms Haynes in the face several times with a clenched fist. Ms Haynes went to the floor, where 24-year-old Kennedy grabbed hold of her hair. Then others dragged her onto the street. Ms Haynes was met by Mercer and the Ann Summers representative, who was not involved in the violence. Catherine McKeever, prosecuting, said Ms Haynes told them she had not said anything and they had “the wrong person”.
Despite her protests, she was surrounded by the defendants and two unknown women and kicked repeatedly in the face about 20 times. “The group continued to do that, and accused the complainant of calling Mercer’s children tramps, as she was on the floor being assaulted,” said Miss McKeever. “A neighbour overheard, came out and intervened and dragged the complainant away, taking her into their home, locking the door and calling police.” Ms Haynes had swollen and bruised eyes, which she was unable to open, lost a tooth and suffered a bruised right rib and hand from where she tried to shield herself.
Jobless Kennedy, of Summerwood Lane, Clifton, and Mercer, 26, of Kennington Road, Radford, were arrested and charged with assault causing actual bodily harm. Both women pleaded guilty and received eight months in prison each, suspended for one year. Kennedy, who has given up drinking since the incident, must pay £30 compensation to the victim at a rate of £2-a-week. She will be supervised by the Probation Service. Mercer, who is pregnant with her third child, has to do 40 hours of unpaid work and pay compensation of £100 at £5-a-week. She claimed she had delivered one kick.