A woman who kicked a security guard so hard she left her trainer footprint on his forehead has avoided jail.
Shoplifter Faye Butterfill, 40, lashed out when she and her accomplice, ex-boyfriend Jordan Best, were confronted at the Wilko store in Ramsgate.
Security officer Lee Dimond had stepped in to help colleague Paul Chambers restrain Best, when Butterfill kicked him several times in an alleyway next to the store.
Such was the force of the blows that an imprint of the sole of her trainer was left on Mr Dimond’s head and he had to be treated in hospital.
Butterfill, of St John’s Road, Margate, had committed the offence on January 18 last year and had admitted her guilt when she appeared before Folkestone Magistrates’ Court in May
During the May hearing, prosecutor Leanne James said: “Best was being restrained by employee Paul Chambers and initially [Butterfill] wasn’t getting involved.
“But then she raised a pint glass and started screaming something. Mr Dimond then helped restrain Best by putting him to the floor and leaning on him.
“The store detective told him to calm down, but Best got more aggressive and this is when Butterfill intervened and approached and kicked Mr Dimond full pelt, two or three times in the head.
“Mr Dimond was dealing with Best and couldn’t protect himself, and as everyone was screaming and shouting he lost grip of Best, who then further assaulted Mr Dimond numerous times.”
Ms James said the incident continued until police arrived, with Mr Chambers also assaulted by Best, 37, of Alma Road, Sheerness, who was later jailed for the offences.
Mr Dimond was taken to the QEQM Hospital in Margate, after he complained of feeling nauseous.
“He was sick a few times in the ambulance and his temples were swollen and his nose scratched,” added the prosecutor.
“He had a split lip inside his mouth and some tenderness to his jaw, and scraped knees and knuckles, he also had a footprint of her trainer on his forehead.”
Butterfill was arrested and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm which she admitted.
She also pleaded guilty to stealing air fresheners, worth £8 from the store when she appeared in court in May, and swiping two ready meals from a Co-op in January last year.
Butterfill was sentenced at Margate Magistrates’ Court on November 6.
During the hearing, Dylan Bradshaw, prosecuting, said Butterfill had an array of previous convictions including assault on an emergency worker.
Jack Stewart, defending, said at the time of the offences, Butterfill had been in a bad relationship with Best.
Mr Stewart added: “In 2021 she and Best had been in a toxic relationship and turned to alcohol.
“She’s now in a better shape, the best she’s been for years. He led her down this path, but since February this year, there have been no other offences.
“This is now 21 months after the offences were committed, she’s turned a corner for sure.”
Magistrates decided the offences did pass the custody threshold, but they were prepared to suspend the term.
Butterfill was handed a 12-week suspended sentence, suspended for 12 months. She was also ordered to take part in 25 rehabilitation sessions and pay £300 compensation to Mr Dimond.