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A row between two schoolgirls ended with an Ashford mum punching a 15-year-old girl in the face, breaking her nose.
The youngsters had fallen out amid claims of unkind words to one of them, who had been diagnosed with cancer.
But a judge at Canterbury Crown Court heard how Stacey Robinson, 36, attacked the schoolgirl in Hythe Road, Ashford during an exchange of words.
"This is how you throw a punch!”
After hitting her victim, Robinson went straight to Ashford police station and reported her actions – despite there being no official complaint at that time.
Now Robinson has been given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years after admitting the assault.
She was also ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work for the community.
Prosecutor Trevor Wright said the background to the incident was the diagnosis of cancer for Robinson’s daughter some years ago.
“At the time of the offence the cancer was in remission and she and the victim had at one time been friends, but that relationship had broken down.”
"This is how you throw a punch!” - Stacey Robinson
Mr Wright said the girl is still suffering from her injury and will have to wait until she is 18 years old before she can receive corrective rhinoplasty surgery to her nose.
James Keeley, defending, said Robinson had suffered mentally because of the cancer threat to her daughter.
“This was over the top self-defence, “ he added.
Judge Nigel Van der Bijl told her: “This is a serious incident and somebody may be left with a permanent injury but at least you went straight to the police and admitted what you had done.”
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