Woman ordered to compensate bullying gang she chased from her house

Woman ordered to compensate bullying gang she chased from her house
Published: 2014 December 23 11:06:22 (9841 Views)
38-year-old Zoe Edwards, 38, has been ordered to pay a gang of boys who egged her house compensation after she chased them away from her property.

She drove after a gang of up to 15 teenagers who had thrown eggs at her home in a bid to bully her son.

She was found guilty of using threatening or abusive words and behaviour with intent to cause fear and two counts of assault after confronting them and firing a BB gun, at an earlier trial.

A judge has now ordered her to pay £75 compensation to the two boys she hit with pellets, striking one on the back of the neck and the other on a rucksack he was wearing.

IT worker and mum-of-two Edwards was also ordered to pay £710 costs and carry out 150 hours unpaid work under a 12-month community order.

Edwards, who has maintained her innocence since the incident at Halloween last year, now plans to appeal.

The boys had thrown eggs at her home on Kepplecove Meadow in Worsley, Salford, with Edwards driving to confront them in just her pyjamas a mile away in Boothstown.



Lee Bonner, defending, told Manchester Magistrates' Court that the idea of the boys receiving compensation was 'distasteful'.

He said: "The behaviour of the complainants provided a very significant degree of provocation.

"The people in question, young boys as they may be, were in one many respects the authors of their own misfortune.

"They were only there to bully and harass [Edwards'] son. The idea that these boys benefit financially from their own actions is a suggestion I find distasteful."

But District Judge Mark Hadfield told Edwards: "Your actions on that night were wholly disproportionate to what happened to you.

"The young witnesses describe something akin to a BB gun being fired. Fortunately no injuries were caused to either young man.

"Your actions were most ill-advised. You could easily have caused serious injuries, thankfully you did not."

Outside court, Edwards; solicitor Gareth Williams said: "My client is extremely disappointed and distressed by the result of the trial and this sentence."



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