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Siobhan Crook jailed for assault at Funky Monkey nightclub in Dover

By Sean Axtell

A "jealous" charity worker attacked a mother and daughter over the head with a beer bottle on a packed dancefloor.

Siobhan Crook repeatedly rained blows on mother Kim and daughter Amy Murphy at Dover's Funky Monkey in a drunken row over her boyfriend.

The mother-of-one, who judge Mark Weekes described as having an "unattractive past", was jailed for the "premeditated" assault.

Siobhan Crook. Picture: Kent Police
Siobhan Crook. Picture: Kent Police

Glamorously dressed Crook approached Amy as nightclub-goers danced at the Bench Street venue into the early hours, court CCTV footage showed.

When a fracas erupted the 32-year-old beat her victims over the head about five times.

Bouncers swiftly ejected the charity shop volunteer as Kim wandered at the edge of the dancefloor with blood running down her face.

Amy’s injuries amounted to bruising.

The attack was centered on tensions surrounding Crook's boyfriend and was fuelled by alcohol, the court heard.

Crook, of Paul's Place in Dover, looked down as the CCTV footage was played at Canterbury Crown Court.

"This is a woman who has real issues with jealousy and alcohol" - Judge Mark Weekes

Judge Weekes said it was "miraculous" the bottle remained intact otherwise the pair’s injuries could have been severe.

He added: “You approached them, it would seem because of your feelings of jealousy you attacked them both, hitting them over the head with a bottle. You rained down blows.

"The glass bottle is a lethal weapon, it is a miracle that it did not break.

"As a consequence Kim has suffered a scar that could last forever - I have seen the photos and the injuries are serious."

He added: "There was a degree of premeditation, it seems you were out for trouble that night."

Prosecuting barrister Christian Moll said Crook had "numerous offences of violence against boyfriends" and was in breach of an 18 month suspended sentence.

"This is a woman who has real issues with jealousy and alcohol," he added.

The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court
The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court

"(Kim) still feels anxious going out and feels depressed she has to look at the scar on her face.

"It causes her to think other people think she is a trouble maker and she worries for Amy’s safety."

Mitigating barrister Mark Dacey argued Crook had since tempered her alcohol consumption and was remorseful.

"Her drinking has substantially reduced, she recognises it is a work in progress, she understands she needs help to address it," he said.

"She is remorseful, it may be unrealistic to urge upon this court that the sentence is suspended.

"It might be this is the time when impact comes into a reality,” he said.

Crook, who pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and actual bodily harm at a previous hearing, was jailed for two years and seven months for the attack on April 1 2018.

Visibly upset, Crook blew a kiss to friends and family sat in the gallery as she was led from the dock.

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