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Lowestoft woman locked up after attack

PUBLISHED: 09:53 03 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:20 05 July 2010

A YOUNG woman who headbutted a 16-year-old girl in the face during an argument has been locked up for 16 months.

Jemma Ingram, 18, had been released from an 18-month sentence of detention just four days before the attack on the teenager in Lowestoft in July last year, Ipswich Crown Court heard on Monday.

A YOUNG woman who headbutted a 16-year-old girl in the face during an argument has been locked up for 16 months.

Jemma Ingram, 18, had been released from an 18-month sentence of detention just four days before the attack on the teenager in Lowestoft in July last year, Ipswich Crown Court heard on Monday.

Ingram was part of a group of girls who accused the teenager's cousin of “grassing up” one of their friends to the police and insisted they go with them to apologise, said Michael Crimp, prosecuting.

As the 16-year-old and her cousin were taken in the direction of Claremont Pier they were prodded in the back to keep them moving, the court heard.

When the 16-year-old had enough and confronted the group, she was pushed against a brick wall and butted on the bridge of the nose by Ingram, said Mr Crimp. The girl then felt her hair being pulled before Ingram hit her on the side of the mouth. As a result of the attack, the girl suffered bruising to her nose and eyes and a cut to the inside of her lip.

Ingram, of Belvedere Road, Lowestoft admitted assaulting the 16-year-old girl and was sentenced to 16 months detention in a young offender institution, less 140 days she has already spent in custody.

The court heard that Ingram had been released from an 18-month period of detention for an offence of robbery on July 21.

Joanne Eley, for Ingram, said she had a history of committing offences of violence and had difficulties controlling her anger when she had been drinking.

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