Woman battered unconscious in row over carpet debt
11:43am Tuesday 17th December 2013 in News
A WOMAN battered a friend unconscious in a row about a carpet debt, a court heard.
Gail Clarke needed surgery on her face after the attack by Carol Worthington, aged 52.
Worthington launched an attack on Ms Clarke after hearing that she was looking for her because of an alleged debt over carpets.
David Farley, prosecuting at Bolton Crown Court, said Ms Clarke had given Worthington, formerly of Tavern Walk, Halliwell, some carpets 18 months prior to the incident and had not received any payment.
She spoke to the defendant on the phone, then went to her home on January 16, but she was not there.
The women then ran into each other in Farnworth.
They spoke about the carpets and a scuffle broke out.
Mr Farley said Ms Clarke was left unconscious and later had a plate inserted into her face after fracturing her eye socket.
A neighbour witnessed Worthington holding onto a fence and kicking the base of it, but the witness did not realise Ms Clarke was on the other side of the fence, the court heard.
The victim now suffers from double vision but is expected to make a full recovery.
Andrew Costello, defending, said Worthington had addressed her alcohol problems by going into a hostel in Liverpool.
Worthington, who admitted causing grievous bodily harm, was jailed for two years.
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