Two young Chichester women carried out ‘vicious assault’ on teenage girl

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TWO young women who carried out a ‘vicious assault’ on a then 16-year-old girl they knew in Chichester have been sentenced, police said.

Chanice Hammond, 19, of St Pancras, Chichester, and a 17-year-old girl who cannot be named, assaulted the 16-year-old after the three of them had gone to Hammond’s flat to socialise in the early hours of November 7, 2013.

A police statement said the victim walked out to get some fresh air in adjacent New Park, but was beaten up, punched, stamped on and kicked by the two others.

The statement said they then took her back to the flat, where they continued to beat her, at one point making her take a hot water bath to get the blood off her.

The victim sustained severe facial injuries including cuts and swelling, which required hospital treatment.

The 17-year old girl pleaded guilty at Chichester Crown Court on May 11 this year to causing actual bodily harm, and was sentenced to 12 months youth rehabilitation. She was handed a restraining order to prevent her from contacting the victim, and 220 hours unpaid work.

Hammond also pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm and was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, a 12-month supervision order, and 240 hours community service, at Chichester Crown Court on Wednesday, July 15.

Detective Constable Paul Gilmour said: “This was a nasty unprovoked attack and the victim was fortunate not to have sustained lasting injuries.

“The motive is still not clear, but it may have some connection with a trivial falling-out of some kind that is thought they may have had a few weeks previously.”

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