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Court hears of how girl broke jaw of teenager

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

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A TEENAGE girl struck a 16-year-old boy three times, breaking his jaw after luring him to a park.

Charlotte Marsden, 18, was seeking revenge for a grievance she had with the boy when she attacked him in a skate park in Hilton, Derby Crown Court heard.

The boy, who needed surgery with two metal plates and screws fitted to his jaw, has had to give up hockey, which he played competitively, because of the injury.

He told police: “I couldn’t properly defend myself as she’s a girl and I’ve been brought up not to hit girls.”

Recorder Ciaran Rankin said: “You lured this young man to the scene, you were drunk, you set out to hurt him and you hurt him in a rather considerable way – it’s had a severe impact.”

But Mr Rankin said he was going to defer Marsden’s sentencing for another six months to give her a chance to prove herself and maybe avoid being locked up.

Sarah Slater, prosecuting, told the court that, on the evening of the attack, December 31, the victim had received text messages from friends telling him to meet them at Tesco, in Hilton.

But when he arrived, no-one was there. He was then told to meet them at the skate park. When he arrived, Marsden pushed him to the chest saying that he had messed up her life.

Miss Slater told the court the victim said she had then hit him three times to the face before running off.

He called his mum and was taken to hospital where an X-ray showed his jaw had been fractured.

“He had surgery and two plates and screws were inserted into his jaw. He had stitches as a result of that,” said Miss Slater.

The victim had a swollen, misshapen face after the incident and is now unable to compete in contact sports.

“This has caused him a great deal of concern as he played hockey competitively,” said Miss Slater.

Marsden, of Soar Close, Hilton, was arrested by police officers on January 12.

In court, she admitted wounding as well as criminal damage, which related to her throwing a beer bottle through the window of a house, on November 15.

Rashad Mohammed, defending, said: “She is trying to change her ways.”

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