A mother who has battled with drug and alcohol problems has been found guilty of assault after she unleashed a vicious attack on her daughter.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Thursday, November 18, how Lisa Richardson, 37, of Welbeck Street, Creswell, had visited her daughter who was living with her grandmother when she attacked her.
Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Richardson’s daughter originally went to live with her grandmother when she was six-years-old because of Richardson’s issues with drugs and alcohol.
“She had numerous addresses and moved back with her mum when she was 16-years-old but there were incidents of violence so she moved back with her grandmother.”
Richardson visited her daughter while the grandmother was away, according to Mrs Allsop, and her daughter said the defendant was abusive and accused her of turning her back on her.
Mrs Allsop added that the daughter told her mother it was all because of drink and drugs before Richardson head-butted her in the mouth.
The court heard how Richardson scratched her daughter’s face, dragged her on the floor, kicked her in the ribs and punched her in the face.
Mrs Allsop added that Richardson also ripped some of her daughter’s hair out, pinned her to the floor and spat in her face and put fingers in her eyes.
Two of the complainant’s friends came into the property, according to Mrs Allsop, and Richardson was pulled away and the police were alerted.
Richardson told police she had not got along with her daughter for a long time and she accused her daughter of making things up and turning her family against her.
She also claimed she had wanted to clear things up between them and it was her daughter who had been the aggressor.
Richardson was found guilty of the assault which happened in July after a previous trial heard in her absence earlier in November which she failed to attend.
Defence solicitor Steve Brint said Richardson is considering appealing against the conviction and had struggled to attend her trial because she had become homeless.
He added that she has not had any drugs for over five years and she had fallen out with her daughter after a dispute concerning her daughter’s boyfriend.
Richardson was forced to live in a refuge, according to Mr Brint, but was kicked out because friends had been visiting her.
Magistrates adjourned the case until December 9 to consider a probation report before sentencing.
Richardson was released on conditional bail on the grounds she does not contact her daughter.