Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Belfast mum admits stamping on victim’s head

A west Belfast mother faces jail after she admitted wounding a another woman by stamping on her head at least twice.

Jamie Louise Ward (27) yesterday pleaded guilty to wounding Donna Maguire with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on September 1, 2008.

Ward, from Springfield Court, had also been on trial for causing grievous bodily harm with intent but after she pleaded guilty, prosecution lawyer Amanda Brady offered no further evidence.

At Belfast Crown Court, Judge Norman Lockie then directed the jury to acquit her of that charge.

During the trial the jury heard that in a fight outside the Whitefort Inn on the Andersonstown Road, Ms Maguire was pulled to the ground by her hair and then Ward stamped on her head and face at least twice, leaving her with cuts, bruises and black eyes. Ms Maguire also had to be treated for a number of seizures brought on by the attack.

Defence QC Eilis McDermott said Ward was “acutely aware” of the potential consequences, but asked for the mother-of-one to be released on bail pending the completion of pre-sentence reports.

Judge Lockie granted bail and adjourned sentencing until November 2.

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