Barnstaple woman spits in face of pregnant neighbour
A WOMAN who had a miscarriage spat in the face of a pregnant woman after it was suggested she had probably never been pregnant.
She also told the pregnant woman she would kick her in the stomach and “beat that baby out of you”.
The incident happened shortly after 25-year-old Charlene McGinley suffered a miscarriage at the end of July.
McGinley, of Hughes Avenue in Barnstaple, admitted the assault when she appeared at North Devon Magistrates’ Court.
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Lyndsey Baker, for the prosecution, told magistrates on Friday how McGinley became involved in a row with her friend and neighbour Sophie Eastman on August 5.
She said there had been a row the day before between the two women’s partners, in which it was insinuated McGinley had never been pregnant.
The following day McGinley approached Miss Eastman as she left her house with her three-year-old child.
“McGinley’s partner shouted across the road,” said Miss Baker.
“McGinley then came out and demanded to know who had said she wasn’t pregnant.
“Miss Eastman said she didn’t want to get involved but an argument ensued and McGinley spat in the victim’s face.
“She told Miss Eastman ‘I’ll kick you in the stomach’ and said she’d ‘beat the baby out of her’.”
Miss Baker said McGinley also swung the door of Miss Eastman’s car towards her aggressively.
Tony Dart, for the defence, said the whole affair was a “sorry tale”.
“It’s a sorry tale about two people who were friends and both pregnant but who fell out,” he said.
He said McGinley had been pushed over by Miss Eastman, though no charges of assault were brought against her for those actions.
He also said McGinley had been depressed and suffered anxiety after the incident and was looking to move house.
Amanda Jones, from the probation service, said a period of intervention might help McGinley move on.
And Mr Dart said that sounded “just the ticket” for his client.
Presiding magistrate Jane Kivlin said she agreed.
“We are going to take Mrs Jones’ recommendation,” she said.
“This means you’ll have a short and specific period of intervention.”
McGinley must now complete a six-month community order by taking part in the new Engage programme, which offers counselling and advice, and also pay a £60 victim surcharge.