Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Woman cleared of hitting mother

A woman has been cleared of punching her mother during an argument over a car as she celebrated her 21st birthday.

The Belfast Crown Court jury unanimously acquitted Co Antrim woman Victoria Spence of causing actual bodily harm to her mother, Michelle Beck, on February 19 last year.

Spence (22), whose address was next door to her mother's Castle Road home in Ballynure, had always denied the attack.

Prosecution lawyer Judith Lowry had claimed Mrs Beck had come home to find her car was missing.

Knowing that her daughter was out celebrating her birthday, and was the only one with the key, she phoned and texted her.

Ms Lowry said the alleged assault happened when the car, driven by Spence's boyfriend, returned. She said Mrs Beck asked for the keys but was "grabbed by the hair and punched".

However, during cross-examination by defence lawyer Declan Quinn, Mrs Beck denied that she and her daughter had a "bad relationship" before the incident.

Mr Quinn had also suggested to Mrs Beck that on the night of the incident "you came at her with a pole, like the end of a mop".

Mrs Beck had refuted both suggestions telling the court: "That's not right".

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