Haverhill woman assaulted three men with a shoe

Court news.
Court news.

A bookmaker’s cashier on a drunken night out used her shoe to assault three men at a bar in Haverhill, a court has heard.

Michelle Tipp, 22, told a judge that she had ‘no idea’ why she struck the men and said: “I’m scared to drink now.”

On Wednesday (May 7) Tipp, of Bryony Close, Haverhill, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court after pleading guilty to three offences of assault causing actual bodily harm.

The incident happened at Bar Vu on July 2 when Tipp, who works as a cashier for William Hill in Haverhill, was on a night out with friends and had been drinking.

“I was a crazy girl” said Tipp who admitted taking off her shoe and using it to strike three other customers on the head.

Prosecuting, Robert Sadd said the three male victims had also been drinking and one told police that on a scale of one to ten of drunkenness he had been “a nine.”

Mr Sadd said the men could not remember much about the incident but each suffered cuts inflicted by Tipp’s shoe.

The court heard that Tipp, who has no previous convictions, has been selected for a management training course by her employers.

Tipp told Judge Peter Jacobs that she was unable to explain why she attacked the men.

CCTV recordings, while not showing the actual incident, were sufficient to confirm that there had been no immediate threat to Tipp which could have caused her to act as she did, said Mr Sadd.

Judge Jacobs told Tipp: “You just completely lost it and became hysterical.

“The problem is often that these offences are committed by people who are in work because they have the money to pay for drink.”

Tipp was sentenced to a total of nine months imprisonment suspended for one year with a requirement to carry out 160 hours of unpaid community work.

Judge Jacobs ordered Tipp to pay £500 compensation to each of the three victims in addition to £288 prosecution costs and a £100 victim surcharge.