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Portsmouth woman repeatedly attacked a man who asked her to be quiet

Hannah Baker repeatedly punched Jeremy Davis when he asked her to be quiet

Hannah Baker repeatedly punched Jeremy Davis when he asked her to be quiet

A WOMAN celebrating her 21st birthday repeatedly punched a man who asked her to be quiet when he heard her shouting outside his home, a court heard.

Victim Jeremy Davis was woken up by people involved in a loud, lengthy row near his Southsea home.

When he ventured outside and asked a man and Hannah Baker to be quiet she punched him in the jaw and later repeatedly punched him in the chest.

Mr Davis later had to have a tooth remove.

Now Baker, 21, must pay £750 compensation and do 150 hours of unpaid work after she admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Baker, of Playfair Road, Southsea, must pay £350 costs.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard she had been celebrating her 21st birthday and was rowing with a man near the victim’s home at about 3am.

Mr Davis was woken up by the noise and went outside to investigate.

He asked them to ‘shut up’ and she hurled abuse at him before punching him in the right side of his jaw near the St Andrews Road junctions with Playfair Road.

He said he was going to call the police. The court heard Baker and the man started walking away, but then walked back and shouted at him again.

Martyn Booth, prosecuting, said: ‘He [the victim] remembers her saying they he had ruined her 21st birthday party.’

Mr Booth added: ‘She then started punching him in the chest with a clenched fist, three or four times.’

Mr Davis tried to hold her by the arms to stop her from hitting him.

The court heard the other man then grabbed his arm and pulled him away from her. The police arrived and Baker was arrested.

Mr Booth said: ‘[It was] a scene that portrays a great deal of loud, abusive, manic shouting at a man who was merely trying to quieten things down.’

The court heard Baker is ‘truly ashamed’ of her actions on October 24.

Judge Roger Hetherington told Baker: ‘You started off by punching him to the face which connected with his jaw and ultimately ended up with him having to have dental treatment and a tooth removed and you followed that up with further punching and further abuse.

‘In your drunkenness, as I accept out of character, you caused very considerable distress to someone who was just simply trying to have a night’s sleep.’

 
 
 

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