Gran finally pays for vicious assault

GRANDMOTHER Lorraine Dennison was finally brought to justice more than two  years after a vicious assault on a shop manager.

Dennison, 57, of Bradford Road, Batley, punched and bit her victim and kneed him in the groin on September 4, 2012. A warrant for her arrest was issued in June, 2013 after she failed to attend court.

She finally turned herself in a few weeks ago and was given a 12 weeks prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, when she appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court.

She must also pay the shop manager £200 compensation, plus an £80 victim surcharge. The court heard the assault happened at a Sports Direct store in Huddersfield. Vanessa Jones, prosecuting, said Dennison’s grandchild had dropped a set of car keys and, after leaving the shop, Dennison asked store manager Mark Thomas if she could go back in to look for them.

At the same time, the store’s security alarm sounded and Mr Thomas excused himself to dash off after a suspected thief – who turned out to be Dennison’s son.

When Mr Thomas returned, Dennison began shouting at him and punched him on his body and face, causing a cut above his eye, before kneeing him in the groin.

Mrs Jones added: “He pinned her to her car to prevent any further assault and she bit his arm twice and broke the skin.”

Dennison, who had no knowledge of the suspected theft, was wrestled to the ground by Mr Thomas and held there with help from a passer-by.

Sonia Kidd, mitigating, said Dennison suffered health problems and handed herself in when she was feeling better.

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