Mum jailed over drunken attack in Leeds city centre

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A mum-of-four left a woman with “catastrophic” life changing injuries after punching her to the ground in a drunken city centre attack.

Natalie Fleming, 32, was jailed for 15 months after a court heard Ann Williamson, 60, suffered fractures to her hip and shoulder in the unprovoked attack in Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard Mrs Williamson had been enjoying a hen party night out in the city with her daughter and friends when she was attacked by Fleming on March 23 this year. Mrs Williamson had to spend three weeks in hospital and suffered a blood clot following surgery. The court heard she has been left in constant pain and her leg will now be up to three inches shorter as a result of the injuries. Giles Grant, prosecuting, said the grandmother was now registered disabled, will have to walk with the aid of a crutch for the rest of her life and faces further reconstruction surgery to her shoulder.

Mr Grant said Fleming had been arguing with her partner on Main Street, close to the railway station, shortly before the incident.

Fleming’s partner bumped into Mrs Williamson as he walked away and knocked her to the ground. Fleming then started shouting abuse at Mrs Williamson and punched her in the face. She was knocked unconscious.

Fleming, of Moorside Road, Drighlington, refused to comment about the incident when interviewed.

“The consequences of that blow have been catastrophic.”

She pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

Marcus Waite, mitigating, said Fleming was sorry for what she had done. He said the incident happened at a time when she was experiencing family and relationship problems. Judge Rodney Jameson, QC, said: “The consequences of that blow have been catastrophic.”