Woman 'kicked stiletto heel into eye of boyfriend'

A woman kicked her stiletto heel through her boyfriend's eye and into his brain during an argument in a taxi, a jury has been told.

Bradford Crown Court was told Staci Hargreaves, 33, kicked Gavin Taylor, 28, after a night out in Huddersfield.

Mr Taylor became unconscious and was taken to hospital where he had to have two operations.

Ms Hargreaves, of Stalybridge, Manchester, denies causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Fractured the socket

She also denies an alternative charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The court heard Ms Hargreaves was wearing 3in (7.6cm) heels, one of which caused her boyfriend serious injuries.

It was told she was in the back of the taxi when she kicked Mr Taylor after he turned round in the front seat.

Prosecutor David McGonigal said: "The heel of one shoe went through the left eye of Mr Gavin Taylor and fractured the socket and entered his brain and caused a blood vessel to burst."

He added that Mr Taylor had begun coughing up blood and became unconscious.

He was taken to hospital in Huddersfield and later transferred to a specialist unit in Leeds, where he made a "surprising" recovery.

'My eye'

Mr McGonigal said the incident happened after the couple had been out drinking in Huddersfield with another couple in the early hours of 7 February.

Taxi driver Mohammed Akbar told the jury that he noticed his front seat passenger turn round and saw a foot coming between two seats and then the man in the front shouting "my eye, my eye".

Mr Akbar drove the car to the nearest police station and sounded his horn until officers came out to help.

Mr McGonigal said Ms Hargreaves had told police she could not remember the incident, but may have kicked out and unintentionally caused the injuries.

The prosecutor told the jury of seven men and five women: "She would have known there was a serious risk of causing some injury and some grievous injury to Mr Taylor."

The trial continues.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites