Teenager assaulted after music complaint

Craven Herald: The defendant appeared at Skipton Magistrates' Court The defendant appeared at Skipton Magistrates' Court

A woman who assaulted a teenage girl who had knocked at her door to complain about loud music has been given a conditional discharge by Skipton magistrates.

Claire Barrett, 41, had been out drinking with her partner on December 6 and had returned home to Simbach Close, Skipton, when at around 11.30pm, two girls had knocked at her door to complain, the court heard.

When the girls returned for a second time, it resulted in Barrett shoving one of the girls, causing a swelling to her lip, the court heard.

Barrett, who admitted common assault, had been drinking and there had been history between her and the other family, the court was told.

In mitigation, John Mewies said Barrett faced possible disciplinary proceedings at work and there could be repercussions for her future employment.

He said she had accepted what she had done was wrong, but that the girls had been very forceful in their complaints. Barrett was ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £15 victims surcharge.

Magistrates declined to order compensation after saying there had been no evidence of real injury and there appeared to be a degree of provocation.

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