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Retailer in court for assaulting landlords who arrived to evict her from home

'Physical confrontation' described as being on lower scale of assault

Armagh Courthouse

A woman who had a “physical confrontation” with her landlords has been handed a conditional discharge.

The 36-year-old from England – who arrived in Northern Ireland earlier this year – had been in prison on remand since the offences were committed last month.

Helen Victoria Bond pleaded guilty to two counts of common assault at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Court heard the incident occurred on August 24 when the two injured parties had attended the defendant’s home to serve an eviction notice.

Court heard Bond grabbed the arm of one of the victims and pushed her to the ground resulting in bruising to her upper arm.

The other injured party had his phone snatched and had also been pushed to the ground.

It was summed up by the prosecution as being a “physical confrontation between landlords and a tenant”.

Court heard Bond arrived in Northern Ireland from England earlier this year for the purposes of furthering her business as an independent retailer.

District Judge Paul Copeland stated: “This is on the lower scale of assault and I must give you credit for the jail time you have served, which is the best part of a month, along with your clear record in this jurisdiction.”

The defendant was handed a 12-month conditional discharge, with District Judge Copeland warning: “Any repetition of this aggressive and violent behaviour will see you behind bars.”

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