Drinker punched women over court case grudge

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A HEAVY-drinking former heroin addict launched a street attack on a mother who had given evidence against her in court.

Alison Holtom was abusive towards Gemma Wardle before punching her in the face and cutting her lip in a violent attack in the street.

Holtom, aged 42, was arrested and told police Ms Wardle had called her a ‘druggie’.

She said she poked her finger in Ms Wardle’s face but denied punching her in the attack on High Street, Staveley.

Magistrates heard she was in further trouble weeks later when she drunkenly hurled abuse at staff and customers in a takeway in Chesterfield.

And she was drunk again on August 14 when she caused problems in Sheffield Road. Police took her home but she went outside and started shouting and screaming.

Holtom, of Middleton Drive, Inkersall, admitted two charges of assault and two of being drunk and disorderly.

The bench imposed a 30-month probation supervision order, including a six-month alcohol treatment programme and a curfew for three months. She was also ordered to pay £200 compensation to Ms Wardle, with £85 costs.