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Mother and son battered woman in town centre

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 22, 2013

Burton magistrates court

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A MOTHER and son subjected a woman to a vicious attack in a Burton town centre store, a court has heard.

Ann-Marie Shand, 44, and son Terry Shand, 20, both of Cherry Tree Road, in Stapenhill, punched and kicked Margaret Hopper following an altercation in Primark, in Coopers Square shopping centre, leaving the victim with swelling on her face, a black eye and scratches to her forehead.

Burton Magistrates’ Court was told that Terry Shand punched Ms Hopper, the grandmother of his child, with such force that it knocked her to the ground.

The pair admitted assault at Burton Magistrates’ Court and are now awaiting sentencing.

The incident happened on January 18 and began after Mrs Shand claimed that she didn’t like the way Ms Hopper had looked at her after which the pair became embroiled in a verbal slanging match before Mr Shand took matters into his own hands.

After Mr Shand threw the punch Mrs Shand weighed in as the stricken Ms Hopper lay on the floor, also punching her as well as kicking her and pulling her hair.

Moira Bell, prosecuting, said: “The incident happened in full view of staff and customers in that shop. The two began arguing with Mrs Shand becoming agitated, and as the argument continued it was at this point that it is alleged the male defendant hit the left side of her face and knocked her off her feet. As this happened Mrs Shand started kicking her as she was lying on the floor.

“She (Mrs Shand) said that she had been struck in the chest, but admitted that it wasn’t a punch. She now accepts she should have walked away and said she was ashamed of what she did.”

The store’s security staff were forced to intervene, while a paramedic was required to attend to Mrs Hopper following the attack.

Mrs Shand is due to be sentenced by Burton magistrates on March 15, while Mr Shand is to face a Newton hearing on May 28 before his fate is decided.

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  • ASASA  |  February 28 2013, 8:45PM

    I do not condome violence but agree with the last comment having known the accused family and the victim and what the victim and its family have done to the accused i am not suprised they snapped , hopper got what she deserved VILE woman .

  • squigglefish  |  February 27 2013, 2:24PM

    Hmm well I do not condone violance of any kind, however having had dealings with mrs Hopper I'm not supprised as she has be be the most vile person in Burton. Thankfuly I never have to deal with anyone like that anymore or I feel that at some point I would have cracked and ended up slapping her.I hope the court goes easy on Terry as I feel i owe him a pint LOL

  • Ratbag2  |  February 23 2013, 9:42AM

    Both of these idiots, (Mrs Shand and her 20 year old son), need to grow up. And all because Mrs Shand didn't like the way she was looked at. Boohoo Mrs Shand.

  • Roger10  |  February 23 2013, 8:21AM

    Some people just should not be allowed out alone!