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Young mum let off community service
8:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A YOUNG mum who took part in a drunken, unprovoked attack on two Good Samaritans has been told she doesn’t have to do three-quarters of her community service.
Danni Bailey and a teenage friend launched the brutal attack in a busy town centre street, landing punches and kicks on a man who tried to end a violent attack.
And when another woman, who was with her young children, tried to stop them kicking the man’s head as he lay in a pool of blood, the young women turned on her.
Despite telling the 22-year-old single mum, whose daughter was 16 months old, she deserved to go to prison, a judge suspended the eight-month jail term.
He told her she must pay compensation to the two victims from her benefits, observe a three- month curfew and do 130 hours of community service.
But in the 15 months since the sentence was passed, Swindon Crown Court was told she has completed just 32 hours of the unpaid work.
Now at the request of the probation service, another judge has ruled she won’t have to turn up for the rest because she is suffering from health problems.
Recorder Michael Vere-Hodge QC said: “It is clear every other part of the suspended sentence order has been a success.
“Unfortunately because of health reasons Miss Bailey has not completed unpaid work, for reasons accepted as genuine.
“For this reason I think it appropriate I should remove the remaining 98 hours on medical grounds, as I have been requested to do by probation. That means the order will come to an end.”
The sentencing judge was aware Bailey had a history of depression when he made the order in July last year.
As the period of suspension has now ended Bailey, who was not in court to hear the ruling, will not face any other punishment in its place.
The incident took place by the bus stop opposite Debenhams on the evening of March 8 last year.
A man who has retired early on medical grounds was walking home at about 8pm when he saw an altercation among a group of girls.
He tried to intervene and told Bailey and 19-year-old Fredrika Archer to move away but they set about him, whacking him to the rear of the head when his back was turned.
He fell to the ground and they shouted abuse at him, calling him an ‘old man’, raining punches and kicks on his head and body as he curled up to try and protect himself.
As the attack continued a woman with her partner and two young children came around the corner and saw the man on the ground with blood coming from his head.
He was shouting ‘Stop, get away from me’ as the two girls were kicking him to the head.
The couple stepped in and stopped the attack but as they did so Archer, who died of a stroke before the case came to court, punched the mum to the face.
Bailey then grabbed her, before fleeing on a bus, but was so abusive the driver threw her off and she returned to the scene.
Both girls tried to make a show of apologising but when Mr Lawrence, who suffered a broken nose and multiple bruising, showed little interest they turned abusive again.
Bailey, of Burbage Road, Penhill, pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm and common assault.