Grandmother's Norwich Riverside attacker sentenced

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A 29-year-old woman from Norwich who assaulted a grandmother has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Samantha Payne, of Riverside Road, admitted causing actual bodily harm on 25 March this year.

The city's crown court heard that Sheila Taylor was pushed to the ground by Payne while she was shopping in Riverside, Norwich.

Mrs Taylor suffered bruising and cuts to her face. Payne was given a six-month sentence suspended for a year.

In an impact statement read to the court, the victim said she no longer went out on her own and felt unable to go out with her three grandchildren.

'Vicious injuries'

Jonathan Morgans, for the defence, said Payne was trying to get off drugs and was considering reducing her methadone intake.

The court heard Payne had appeared in court 27 times over 105 previous offences, mainly related to dishonesty.

Recorder David Gordon QC said the injuries inflicted on the victim were vicious.

But he said as Payne was making an effort to turn her life around, she was given a suspended sentence.

She was also given a 12-month supervision order.

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