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Disabled Alcester woman loses appeal for assaulting carer

Stratford Editorial 3rd Jul, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A DISABLED Alcester woman has lost her appeal against a conviction for assaulting a carer after the other woman had handed in her resignation.

And the unsuccessful appeal at Warwick Crown Court has more than doubled the amount the case has cost 46-year-old Rebecca Cronin.

She had pleaded not guilty to a charge of assaulting her carer Linda Knight by beating, but was convicted by magistrates who fined her £110 and ordered her to pay £100 compensation and £200 costs.

Those penalties remain, and Judge Richard Griffith-Jones also ordered Cronin, of Beacon Close, Alcester, to pay the £520 costs of the appeal.

Prosecutor Hugh Williams said the incident took place at Cronin’s home in March last year after Ms Knight handed her a note giving two weeks notice that she was resigning.

Ms Knight, who had been Cronin’s carer since November 2013, said after giving her resignation Cronin became agitated and started shouting at her.

Ms Knight said Cronin then picked up her bag, opened the door and threw it out into the garden, and also pushed Ms Knight out the door.

Putting Cronin’s version of what happened, her barrister Laura Culley said Cronin told Ms Knight to leave straight away – and when she put her boots on she had deliberately wiped them on the sofa, leaving marks. Ms Knight denied the claim.

She also denied Cronin’s claim that once the front door had been shut she had started kicking it, shouting she wanted her money.

And after discussing the evidence of the two women, Judge Richard Griffith-Jones and two magistrates rejected Cronin’s version of what happened and dismissed her appeal.

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