Peterborough woman who assaulted her partner told she can take 75 years to pay £900 court fee

Peterborough Magistrates' Court
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A Peterborough woman who assaulted her partner with a shoe and a bowl in a drunken argument has been told she can pay a £900 court charge at the rate of just £1 per month.

Lorraine McCracken (40) of Lincoln Road, Peterborough, hit the man over the head with the items in July this year,

The man suffered cuts to his head and face in the attack.

Today (Friday) McCracken was given a 12 month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100 and a Crown Court charge of £900 when she appeared at a Peterborough Crown Court hearing, which was heard in a court room at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.

The court was told the to charges are mandatory, and Recorder Ian Glen QC, sentencing, had no powers to withdraw the £1,000 bill - after saying he would rather not hand out the whole £900 fee.

Instead, he told McCracken she could pay the £900 bill in instalments - at the rate of £1 per month because of her limited finances. The ruling means it will take McCracken 75 years to foot the bill. She will be 115 years old by the time the money has been completely paid.

Fiona Robertson, prosecuting, told the court the assault had happened at the couple’s home on July 8.

She said: “At the time of the offence both parties where in a relationship and living together. Both have vulnerabilities caused by drinking.

“On the day the complainant said the relationship was over. The defendant walked out, and later returned intoxicated.

“She came in, and laid down as if to go to sleep. When the victim tried to remove the defendant’s shoes, she hit him in the eye with a high heeled show, and then hit him over the head with a bowl.

“The defendant ran to get help.”

Mrs Robinson said there were wounds to the man’s head which needed staples at hospital.

She also told the court McCracken had a number of previous convictions, including for violence against the same man.

Stephen Spence, defending, said while McCracken had been in custody waiting sentencing she had undertaken courses to help her beat her alcohol problem. He said she would be moving to a different area of the country following here release.

McCracken pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm at a previous hearing.