'Shut that silly cow up' - mother spared jail after ordering son to attack

Newcastle Crown Court. Copyright Google Images.
Newcastle Crown Court. Copyright Google Images.

A mother who encouraged her son to attack a woman during a row has been spared jail.

Gail Kingsbury shouted "shut that silly cow up", which resulted in the victim getting two punches to the face from the man.

The woman suffered a black eye, a cut to her eyelid and a swollen cheekbone during the violence.

She told police after the attack: "I have never felt so frightened in my entire life.

"I will never forgive him or his mam."

Kingsbury, a 55-year-old grandmother of Edinburgh Road, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to assault.

Her conviction came under the "joint enterprise" rule, where a person can be convicted of a violent crime without any physical participation.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the attack happened at Kingsbury's home on July 21.

Prosecutor Jonathan Devlin told the court: "There was an argument between the three of them.

"At one stage during the course of that argument Gail Kingsbury shouted 'shut the silly cow up', which prompted her son to punch the woman twice in the face.

"The Crown put this case on a joint enterprise basis, presence and encouragement to strike her."

The court heard the victim was dazed and bleeding after the attack.

Judge Edward Bindloss sentenced Kingsbury to seven months behind bars, suspended for 12 month, with rehabilitation requirements.

The judge said: "She ought to have expected someone in Gail Kingsbury's position to act as a peacemaker, not a trouble causer."

Judge Bindloss said the sentence could be suspended because of Kingsbury's lack of previous convictions and guilty plea.

The judge told her: "There was an argument between you and instead of stepping in to stop it, instead of holding your son back, you said to him 'shut that silly cow up'."

Kingsbury's son will be dealt with separately.

Vic Laffey, defending, said Kingsbury is of previous good character.

Mr Laffey said: "She accepts that her comments probably triggered the whole thing.

"There is clearly a history. Certain comments were made about the family and she lost her temper. "