Sheffield child minder attacked in own home while she looked after baby

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A woman who carried out a violent attack on a childminder after spraying graffiti on her house has been jailed for 12 months.

Lara St-Phorose, aged 46, of New George Street, Hull, travelled across Sheffield from Chapeltown to a property on Westland Close, Westfield at midday on February 2.

Hannah Walker, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court that St-Phorose got out of the car and sprayed’ on the front of the property.

The court heard the victim came out of the house after thinking builders nearby were on her front drive but came across St-Phorose with a spray paint can in her hand.

Miss Walker said: “The victim said the defendant was very aggressive and looked crazy and looked like she was on drugs.

“She punched her in the mouth and again in the eye - the victim described the blows as ‘direct’ and felt like ‘boxing punches.’”

Miss Walker added that the victim asked St-Phorose, ‘why are you here? There is a baby in the living room’.

The court heard how St-Phorose had travelled to the property accusing the childminder of being a ‘paedophile’, alleging that she had assaulted a family member.

In a victim impact statement the victim said: “I do not feel safe anymore, the attack has ruined my life.

“The aftermath of the attack has left me with headaches and neck pain and my vision has also been effected by it.”

Miss Walker added that the victim has lost her child minders job after clients didn’t want to send their children to her home after hearing about the incident.

St-Phorose pleaded guilty on the first day of her trial on July 16.

Vanessa Saxton, defending St-Phorose said: “She is truly remorseful and sorry for what she has done to the victim.

Judge Simon Lawler QC sentencing said: “This was a persistent assault taking the law into your own hands.

“I’m afraid although I have thought hard about it this warrants jail time.”

St-Phorose was jailed for 12 months and was handed a restraining order against the victim.