Drunkard kicked and punched pregnant woman

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A WOMAN who kicked and punched a heavily pregnant teenager in Sheffield city centre had no recollection of the incident because she was drunk, a court heard.

Cynthia Steele, aged 42, attacked Francesca White, 19, after spending the day drinking in the Banker’s Draft pub.

Sheffield Crown Court heard there was an altercation between the two women, who knew each other through Steele’s daughter.

Louise Gallagher, prosecuting, said Miss White came out of the Hen and Chickens pub with a friend. Steele, who was waiting at a bus stop, started shouting loudly in her direction.

Miss Gallagher said: “Cynthia Steele began to approach the bus stop, then raised her right hand, made a fist and struck Francesca White in the middle of her forehead.”

Miss Gallagher said Steele, of Maxwell Street, Burngreave, Sheffield, kicked Miss White hard in the stomach area and hit her repeatedly in the face.

She continued hitting and punching her in the stomach and pulling her hair until she eventually let go. Police were called and Steele was arrested.

She told officers she had drunk four double brandies and hadn’t known Miss White was pregnant, adding: “I don’t know what happened today, I lost it.”

Steele admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was given a six-month jail term suspended for 12 months and 12 months supervision, .

Matthew Donkin, defending, said there was ‘ill feeling’ between the women and said Steele had no recollection of the attack.

“It was a truly dreadful episode on her part. She is ashamed and disgusted at the way she behaved.”

Judge Peter Kelson QC said her behaviour was out of character.