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Female Swindon street drinker jailed after consecutive attacks
5:30am Tuesday 31st December 2013 in News
A FEMALE street drinker who was involved in town centre violence on two days in a row has been jailed for 14 months.
Her victim in the second incident was so worried she was going to carry out her threat to kill his dog that he refused to go to hospital when the police arrived.
Michelle Dennis and her boyfriend Michal Brzeczek launched the attack on fellow drinker Beau Houghton on June 26.
A day earlier she was involved in a scrap with another woman in front of shoppers on Canal Walk, close to Starbucks.
Hannah Squire, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court how the couple launched the attack on Mr Houghton.
The trio were sitting drinking on a bench in Carfax Street when he was grabbed by Dennis and thrown to the ground and kicked to the side of the head.
As he was on the ground he thought he briefly lost consciousness as he was punched and stamped on, Miss Squire told the court.
Both were then standing over him shouting threats as Mr Houghton managed to get up and run away.
He was chased and grabbed by Brzeczek, as the couple made more threats, but he got away by slipping out of his jumper and running to a call box on County Road.
When the police arrived they found he was badly injured but he refused to go to hospital because he was concerned about the pet.
“His main concern was he wanted to get his dog, which was at Michelle Dennis’ address, because she said she was going to kill it,” Miss Squire said.
“He went back to her house with the police and, while there, these two turned up and he picked them out as the ones who beat him up.”
As a result of the attack he suffered a broken arm and fractured rib, as well as bruising to his body and head.
When she was questioned by the police, Dennis admitted beating him up, saying she wanted to kill him and his dog.
She said he had been homeless and she offered a home to him and his dog but he abused her hospitality by taking her drink and drugs.
“She said she did instigate the assault on him, Mr Brzeczek jumped in, he kicked and stamped on his face with full force,” Miss Squire said.
The day before, Dennis was involved in an incident with another woman where they fought in front of shoppers.
Rob Ross, defending, said it was clear quite a lot of drinking and drug taking had taken place on the afternoon of the assault.
“At some point there was an argument that afternoon. Mr Houghton had, I think, designs on Miss Dennis and pestered her,” he said.
“An argument started and the two of them rather got the better of Mr Houghton. It is accepted both punched and kicked Mr Houghton.”
He urged the court to give them a chance so they could get help for their problems and change their chaotic lifestyles.
Passing sentence Judge Douglas Field said: “The serious assault resulting in a charge of grievous bodily harm took place on June 26, one day after the affray, both incidents being in a public place. Mr Houghton was subjected to a violent attack: one only has to look at the extent of his injuries to see that. He was punched and kicked by both of you.”
He jailed Dennis for 14 months and Brzeczek for 12 months.