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Woman ‘rammed heel into lover’s eye’

A woman rammed her stiletto heel through her boyfriend's eye and into his brain during an argument in a taxi, a jury was told yesterday.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Staci Hargreaves (33) was in the back of a cab in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, when she kicked Gavin Taylor (28) after he turned round in the front seat.

David McGonigal, prosecuting, said Hargreaves was wearing 3in (7.6cm) high stiletto heels, one of which caused her boyfriend serious injuries.

He said: “The heel of one shoe went through the left eye of Mr Gavin Taylor and fractured the socket and entered his brain and caused a blood vessel to burst.”

Mr McGonigal said Mr Taylor began coughing up blood and slumped into unconsciousness.

He was taken to hospital where his condition initially deteriorated before he eventually made a “surprising” recovery, the jury heard.

Mr McGonigal said Mr Taylor was initially taken to hospital in Huddersfield and then later transferred to a specialist unit in Leeds. He underwent two operations and was in hospital for a month.

The prosecutor said Hargreaves told police she could not recall the incident but told officers she may have kicked out and unintentionally caused the injuries.

Mr McGonigal told the jury of seven men and five women: “She would have known there was a serious risk of causing some injury and some grievous injury to Mr Taylor.”

He said the incident happened after the couple had been out drinking in Huddersfield with another couple in the early hours of February 7.

Mr McGonigal said all of them had had a substantial amount to drink.

Taxi driver Mohammed Akbar told the jury that he noticed his front seat passenger turn round after he had been arguing with Hargreaves.

He said he saw a foot coming between the two seats, then the man shouted: “My eye, my eye”.

Mr Akbar said he drove his taxi to the nearest police station and sounded his horn until officers came out to help.

Hargreaves, of Stalybridge, Manchester, denies causing grievous bodily harm with intent and an alternative charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The trial continues.

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