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Booze and medication was fuel for bar brawl

Malvern Editorial 20th Jun, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A WOMAN who got into a bar brawl after mixing her medication and alcohol has been handed a 12-week curfew.

Debbie Louise Collins, of Elgar Avenue in Malvern, was also ordered to pay more than £1,000, including £689 in compensation, after an attack on Teresa Bunn on October 31.

Owen Beale, prosecuting, told the court Miss Bunn had a verbal argument with Collins’ mother while at the pub so the defendant grabbed the victim from behind before she assaulted her.

Witnesses said Miss Bunn did not strike or provoke Collins and when the victim left she collapsed outside the venue before she woke up and got a taxi home.

The court also heard how the victim said she had to have two weeks off work after the incident, which took place in the town, and is now scared to leave her house on her own.

Belinda Arris, defending, said Collins heard the argument and threats being made against her mother, including being asked outside to fight, and she intervened.

She said: “Because of her alcohol intake that intervention went too far.

“She accepts this and her previous convictions are alcohol related.

“She was taking her medication and this combined with alcohol caused her to behave in a certain way that she does not want to behave like any more.”

District Judge Nigel Cadbury handed Collins a 12-month community order, including supervision and alcohol requirements, and gave her a 12-week curfew between 8pm and 7am.

The 31-year-old was also ordered to pay £620 in court costs, £539 in compensation for the victim’s loss of earnings and £150 for her injuries, along with a £60 victim surcharge.

District Judge Cadbury added: “You have got to learn not to mix alcohol with your medication, it is quite obvious that is a major issue for you.”

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