Dagenham woman receives community order for ‘vicious attack’

PUBLISHED: 15:14 24 September 2015 | UPDATED: 15:14 24 September 2015

Barkingside Magistrates' Court

Barkingside Magistrates' Court


A church-goer who carried out a drunken assault at an estate agents was this morning given a community order of 12 months.

Barkingside Magistrates’ Court heard how Betty Kattah, of Neville Gardens, Dagenham, beat and scratched employees at Edward Jones Estate Agents on April 24 this year.

The 45-year-old, whose brother had put down a deposit for a house with the Ilford agency, entered drunkenly with another woman, and began screaming at and assaulting victims Richard Cottis and Agnes Ienkauskaite.

“She used her nails to claw at his face and neck, it was only when the police arrived that she stopped attacking him,” the prosecution lawyer told the court.

Kattah then started screaming that she wanted the deposit back, before she hit Mr Cottis with a closed fist and slapped him three times.

The court heard how a third employee began filming the event, at which point Kattah, who at her trial on August 13 pleaded not guilty to the two counts of assault by beating, stopped her attack.

“The injuries were scratching and reddening around the face,” said defence lawyer Laura Manson.

“It’s clear from her record that this sort of behaviour is completely out of character for her.

“She’s a mother, she’s a hard-working woman, she’s a church-goer, she also sings in church,” said Miss Manson, adding that the defendant had no previous criminal record.

In his closing comments, Judge Clifford Wright said: “This offence of which you were found guilty was a vicious attack to persons going about their place of work. This was aggravated by alcohol.

“People going about their work should not be subjected to an attack like that.”

Mr Wright added he had taken into account Kattah’s four young children, as well as her previous good character.

Kattah was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. She is also required to pay £755 in prosecution costs, £60 victim surcharge, and court costs of £520. In compensation she was ordered to pay £200 for Mr Cottis, and £100 to Ms Ienkauskaite.

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