Two sisters who attacked a woman in One Stop while surrounded by children have been spared prison.
Joanne and Lindsay Carruthers attacked a mum who was in the shop with her daughter, with Lindsay throwing five bottles at the victim's head after Joanne had kicked and spat at her.
Joanne had fallen out with the victim after her daughter fell out with the victim's child, with the incident coming to a head in the convenience store in Salford on March 8.
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The shop was full of children making their way home from school at 3.30pm, Manchester Crown Court heard.
CCTV played in court showed the defendants enter the shop first, accompanied by two girls.
The victim then walked in accompanied by her child, Manchester Evening News reported.
The victim then approached the two sisters and, after a brief conversation, one of the pair shoved the victim, which led to a brawl, prosecutor Duncan Wilcock said.
“It’s accepted that a verbal argument broke out between the two,” he told judge Suzanne Goddard KC. “[The victim] then felt Joanne kicking at her and spitting at her. Then something hit her on the head.”
That "something" was five bottles, which were launched at her by Lindsay, 48. The brawl then continued.
After the fight came to an end the sisters left the shop and staff called the police. The pair were arrested the same day.
In her victim personal statement, the daughter said the attack was “a horrible vision” which left her unable to “feel safe going to the shops”.
Defending the sisters, Michael Johnson said: “They accept, whatever the background was, that their actions were indefensible.
“Feelings had been running high between the families for some time [but] the parents should have been able to put themselves above that and resolve it in a constructive way and not [in this manner].”
Joanne was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, as well as 12 rehabilitation activity requirement days and 60 hours of unpaid work.
Lindsay was also given a 12-month jail term, suspended for 18 months. She will complete 25 RAR days.
An 18-month restraining order was also placed on both women, banning them from contact with their victim or her daughter.
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