Daughter screamed as Portsmouth mother '˜grabbed her hair' in assault

A MUM pulled her daughter around by her hair in an assault, a court heard.

Monday, 18th December 2017, 9:46 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th December 2017, 1:46 pm
Picture: Michael Scaddan

Mandy Merrett, 47, of Honeysuckle Close, Waterlooville, was spotted at night in Guildhall. Prosecutor Marie Fittall said: ‘The officer heard some screams from a female.

‘He saw Ms Merrett had hold of her daughter by the hair.

‘This was causing her to be pulled forward and bent over.

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‘He tried to say to Ms Merrett to let go. He tried to physically release her grip off the hair of her daughter.’

She added: ‘Ms Merrett then threw a punch at the officer.’

When Merrett was arrested the daughter, whose age was not given in court, said she did not want to make a statement.

Merrett had ‘very little recollection of the events’, the court heard. She suffers from bipolar disorder and the assault was ‘a result of the lack of medication’.

She was given a 12-month conditional discharge with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge after admitting assault by beating and assaulting a PC by a judge at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.