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Woman cleared of stiletto heel attack on boyfriend

A woman who kicked her stiletto heel through her boyfriend's eye and into his brain has been cleared of all charges on the orders of a judge.

Bradford Crown Court was told Staci Hargreaves, 34, kicked Gavin Taylor, 28, during an argument in a taxi.

Mr Taylor became unconscious and had to undergo two operations in hospital.

Miss Hargreaves, of Greater Manchester, was acquitted after a judge ruled there was no evidence against her claim she kicked in self-defence.

On the second day of her trial, the defendant, of Stalybridge, was cleared of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and an alternative charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Directing the jury to find her not guilty, judge Peter Hunt said: "There is no evidence to lead you to the conclusion the defendant was not acting in instinctive, reasonable self-defence."

The jury had previously heard Miss Hargreaves was wearing 3in (7.6cm) heels, one of which caused her boyfriend serious injuries.

Jurors were told she was in the back of the taxi with two other people after a night out in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, when she kicked Mr Taylor after he turned round in the front seat.

'Heavily intoxicated'

He suffered life-threatening injuries and was in hospital for a month.

The court was told he refused to co-operate with police and to give evidence in the trial.

The judge said it was clear everyone in the group had been "heavily intoxicated with drink".

One witness said Mr Taylor had slapped Miss Hargreaves earlier in the evening, knocking her to the floor.

The judge was also told of a series of convictions Mr Taylor has for violence dating back more than a decade.

In 2005 he was jailed for 16 months for false imprisonment following an incident in Greater Manchester in which a man was tied up and put in a car boot before being driven to a river where he eventually drowned.

After being acquitted, Miss Hargreaves said: "I just want to get my life back together again."

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