Violent mum stabbed man, attacked woman, spat at police and exposed breasts in Leeds shopping centre during "litany of shame"

A mum who stabbed a man with a broken bottle and subjected a defenceless woman to "gratuitous" violence in street attacks in Leeds has been locked up for six years.

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020, 11:45 am

Terrelle Barrett also attacked, racially abused and spat at police officers during a series of offences which a judge described as a "litany of shame."

In another incident Barrett was arrested for outraging public decency as she lifted up her top and bared her breasts in front of children as she walked through the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard details of eleven offences carried out by the 41-year-old between 2018 and 2020.

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Terrelle Barrett was jailed for six years over a series of offences in Leeds which included stabbed a man with a broken bottle and attacking a defenceless woman in Harehills.

Glen Parsons, prosecuting, said Barrett was caught on camera attacking a woman in a street in Harehills on June 16, 2018.

Barrett and the victim were among a group of people sitting on some steps drinking alcohol.

Mr Parsons said: "For some reason which remains unclear the defendant launched an attack on her."

CCTV footage showed Barrett hitting the woman around the head with a plastic bottle.

She then pulled the victim off the steps by her hair and continued to kick and punch her.

The attack was stopped by others but Barrett returned to the area moments later and continued the attack as the victim offered no resistance.

Later the same day Barrett was involved in violent disorder with two men on Cowper Street.

Mr Parsons said violence erupted after words were exchanged between them.

Barrett was hit with a vacuum cleaner and a paint roller during the disturbance.

She took her top off and adopted a "boxer's stance" as she confronted the two men before smashing a window of a property in the street.

The defendant then went to a bin and took out a plastic bottle.

She smashed the bottle against a wall and used the broken end to stab one of the men to the shoulder.

The incident was witnessed by a 16-year-old girl who dialled 999 and a gave a running commentary of events to a call handler.

The man suffered a laceration to his shoulder.

On July 27, 2018, Barrett racially abused the owner of a shop on Chapeltown Road.

The pair struggled outside the premises when he tried to get her to leave and he was knocked to the ground.

Police were contacted and she shouted racial abuse and insults at two officers who attended the incident.

She then spat at one of the officers and kicked the other to the shin as she was arrested.

On December 10, 2018, Barrett stole 12 bottles of Peroni beer from a Co-op store.

She spat at a police officer who was called to the scene and PAVA spray was used to detain her.

On October 4 last year Barrett was challenged by a member of staff at a Tesco,on Briggate, when she tried to leave with four bottles of wine without paying.

Police were called and she produced a blade when approached by officers.

On November 24 last year she was arrested on suspicion of outraging public decency.

Security guards at Leeds Trinity contacted police to report that Barrett was lifting her top and exposing her breasts to people at the centre.

Children witnessed her behaviour.

She swore at a police officer who approached her and expose herself again.

Barrett continued to be abusive, threw herself on the floor and spat at the officer during the incident.

In January this year Barrett shouted racial abuse to a police officer when she was arrested for possessing cannabis.

Barrett, of Lidgett Towers, Roundhay, was found guilty of wounding with intent after a trial.

She pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, affray, racially aggravated common assault, two counts of assaulting a police constable, two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, two counts of theft and racially aggravated harassment.

The court heard she has 53 previous convictions for more then 100 offences over the past 15 years.

Shila Whitehead, mitigating, said Barrett's offending was linked to alcohol and drug addiction.

The barrister said: "Firstly, she apologises for her behaviour

"She behaved in a disgusting manner which she finds quite hard to believe.

"She is disgusted that she has let her family down, including her parents and her children.

"She is sad about the example that she has set by her own behaviour."

Ms Whitehead said Barrett had been in custody since January, is receiving support to address her offending behaviour and is determined to turn her life around.

Describing the offending, Judge Robin Mairs said: "This was needless, utterly gratuitous violence against a woman who had done nothing to you.

"You were eager for violence.

"You have been an alcoholic for some years and when in drink you are thoroughly unpleasant, abusive and violent."