Woman guilty of hosepipe attack

Rowan Close, Scarborough. 121126b. Picture Kevin Allen.
Rowan Close, Scarborough. 121126b. Picture Kevin Allen.

SCARBOROUGH hairdresser Serena Moon is awaiting sentence after attacking another woman with a metal-ended hosepipe while dressed as a boy and wearing blue latex gloves.

Moon, 36, had denied a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, but has been found guilty by a jury at York Crown Court.

The day before she was found guilty by the same jury of possessing the offensive weapon, and had previously admitted causing criminal damage by smashing three windows at the Rowan Close, Barrowcliff, home of Nicola Richardson and her partner.

The court was told that Miss Richardson’s two children, one of which had beent home at the time, had been so upset by the incident on May 2 last year, that they felt unsafe living and sleeping in their home.

Although Moon, of Prospect Mount Road, had never had any trouble with either Miss Richardson or her partner, James Bedford, she turned up bizarrely dressed and smashed their windows.

When the couple ran out to see what was happening, Moon stood there motioning Mr Bedford forward and shouting “come on big man, come on”.

She then produced the length of pipe from her sleeve and attacked Miss Richardson so severely she suffered a laceration to her chest through her clothing.

As the women then scuffled, Moon ripped hair from her victim’s head, before Mr Bedford was able to pull them apart.

Moon told the jury that she had been injured herself and scared after being arrested and had forgotten about the gloves, which she used in the course of her work. She added that because of a neighbour dispute between the couple and her friend, also a resident of Rowan Close, she had gone to the house to smash the windows.

Adding that she didn’t really know why she had done it, and that she was scared of Mr Bedford, Moon claimed that she attempted to run away after breaking the glass, but was caught and set upon by him and Miss Richardson.

Moon will now be sentenced for all three offences on April 13 following the production of a pre-sentence report.

Patricia Doherty, defending, declined an invitation from the court to have a medical report prepared on her client.