Woman, 50, brutally attacked her SISTER by throwing dog bowl at her
Woman, 50, who brutally attacked her SISTER, 46, throwing a dog bowl at her head, pressing her fingers into her eye and clawing at her face in a row over texts sent to her daughter is spared jail but handed two-year restraining order
- Leanne Maguire, 46, was left with scars after Adele Coates, 50, assaulted her
- The mother-of-two had to go to hospital and have a tetanus shot and antibiotics
- Ms Maguire claims Coates bullied her since age of two and pushed her in fire pit
- Coates was sentenced to 12 months, suspended two years and restraining order
A woman who brutally attacked her sister by throwing a dog bowl at her head, pressing her fingers into her eye and clawing at her face in a row over texts sent to her daughter has been spared jail but handed a two-year restraining order.
Leanne Maguire, 46, from South Tyneside was left with scars on her cheek and lip after Adele Coates, 50, started hitting and scratching her younger sister at their mother’s home.
The court heard how after a text message exchange between Ms Maguire and Coates’ children, her sister ‘burst’ through the door and started yelling, ‘I’m going to kill you’.
The mother-of-two claimed the attack only came to a halt when Coates’ husband dragged his wife off her ‘terrified’ sister whose lip ‘wouldn’t stop bleeding’.
Coates from South Tyneside denied assault but was convicted and sentenced to a suspended 12 months sentence and a restraining order to keep her away from her sister.
Ms Maguire, who claims she was bullied by her sister as a child and pushed in a fire pit, told the court that some family members have taken Coates’ side.
Leanne Maguire, pictured, 46, was left with scars on her cheek and lip after older sister Adele Coats, 50, pressed her fingers into her eye and clawed at her face during the violent attack last January
Devastated Ms Maguire, from Jarrow, South Tyneside, told Newcastle Crown Court: ‘I was at my mam’s house for a catch up when Adele burst through the door.
‘She was furious about the texts my son had messaged her daughter about a video on social media.
‘She grabbed a hold of the dog’s bowl and flung it at my face.
‘Then, she got on top of me as I was sat on the sofa and she started hitting me and scratching me – doing anything she could to hurt me.
‘She was yelling, “I’m going to kill you”. I was terrified. ‘I tried to push her off and she bit my finger.
‘I’ve never felt pain like it so I screamed.
‘Eventually my mother had to get her husband to drag her off, as she’s frail and ill so she couldn’t do it herself.
‘I was terrified and in shock. There was a chunk taken out of my lip that wouldn’t stop bleeding.
‘I still don’t really know why she did it.’
The siblings had been estranged for many years and the mother-of-two claims Coates, who is a senior care worker, has bullied her since the age of two and once pushed her in a fire pit.
Ms Maguire, pictured, says the ordeal has impacted the entire family and that she can no longer visit her mother due to fear of running into Coates
Shop worker Ms Maguire cut ties with her sibling when she moved out of the family home but occasionally bumped into Coates when visiting her mother as they lived on the same street.
The mother-of-two, who had to go to hospital for a tetanus shot and antibiotics following the ordeal, last January, has been left with permanent scarring to her cheek and lip.
She added: ‘Every time I look in the mirror I am reminded of what she has done.
‘I have scars on my lip and cheek that I am forced to look at every day.
‘I’m not as outgoing as I was, I’m very withdrawn since the attack.
‘It’s completely changed who I am.’
Coates, of Nevinson Avenue, South Shields, denied assault but was convicted after an earlier trial at magistrates’ court.
The court heard how after a text message exchange between Ms Maguire (before, left) and Coates’ children, the 50-year-old ‘burst’ through the door and started yelling, ‘I’m going to kill you’. The mother-of-two (after, right) claimed the attack only came to a halt when Coates’ husband dragged his wife of her ‘terrified’ sister whose lip ‘wouldn’t stop bleeding’
Judge Stephen Earl sentenced her to 12 months imprisonment at Newcastle Crown Court, suspended for two years, with a two year restraining order to keep her away from her sister.
Ms Maguire says the ordeal has impacted the entire family and that she can no longer visit her mother due to fear of running into Coates.
She added: ‘The sentence isn’t strong enough, in my mind I wanted her to go to prison.
‘She’s a senior care worker so I don’t think she should be able to keep her job.
‘If a resident in the care home challenges her she could lash out.
‘My mam lives on the same street so I feel as though I’ve lost that relationship as I’m scared to see her.
‘I’ve been twice in the last year to drop off Mother’s Day and Christmas presents but Adele makes it known she is there.
‘Some of my siblings took her side so I’ve lost those relationships.
‘I’ve completely suffered and lost a lot more than she has as a result of this attack.’
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