Pregnant woman slapped neighbour in Newtown


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A PREGNANT woman slapped her neighbour when he confronted her about shouting at children in the street, a court heard.

Sheena Butterworth, 29, had pleaded not guilty to assault at a previous hearing but the offence was proven in her absence at Welshpool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday when she failed to appear.

Three witnesses, including the victim Robert ‘Bobby’ Swann, told the court that the incident, on September 25, was as a result of a dispute between Butterworth’s children and others on the Llys Eglwys estate on Vaynor, Newtown.

Mr Swann, who had been Butterworth’s neighbour for a month before the incident, said: “I was at home when I heard lots of commotion outside and went to see what was going on.

“She was screaming and shouting at my nephew and other children on the estate – nasty, vile stuff that you shouldn’t say to children.

“She was aggressive and irate. She said the children were being cheeky to her, so I said she should have spoken to me.

“I tried to usher the children away, and as I did so she said, ‘I’ll see you when he’s not around,’ to my nephew.

“I took a few steps towards her, asking if she just made a threat. I told her boyfriend to shut her up and take her home.

“Then she swung for me with her right arm. All the children were still stood watching.”

Mr Swann denied he had been aggressive towards Butterworth, who had told police she was acting in self defence.

Another neighbour, David Southern, witnessed the assault from the window.

He said: “I could see Bobby and Sheena, and Sheena’s boyfriend Kyle was standing between them.

“She was very aggressive, she had an aggressive stance and she was shouting at him.

“Next thing, she just reached over Kyle and slapped Bobby in the face. It was such a loud slap.”

Taryn Mullins, another neighbour, also watched the altercation from a window after she heard shouting outside.

She said: “I heard Bobby say, ‘If you’ve got a problem come to me, don’t shout at the kids.’

“Sheena threatened Bobby’s nephew. She swung round Kyle and hit Bobby in the face – I heard the slap from my window.

“He walked off and she was screaming after him.”

Stephen Davies, prosecuting, told the court that Butterworth was interviewed by police and said there had been a fallout between the children.

She claimed that Mr Swann had run over, directly towards her, and she had instinctively hit him away. She also told police the witnesses hated her and had conspired against her.

The magistrates, finding the charge proved, issued a warrant for Butterworth’s arrest.

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