Court hears County Down woman was repeatedly punched after being 'confronted about affair'

Court hears County Down woman was repeatedly punched after being 'confronted about affair'

A COURT heard a woman allegedly involved in an "affair" was repeatedly punched in her County Down home by a female who said: "I'm going to kill you and the next time I come back here I will slit your throat".

The 'affair' claims were made at Downpatrick Magistrates Court (main picture) where Cheryl Woolley (39), of Castle Downs in Kilclief near Strangford, was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to an assault in relation to March 7 this year.

A prosecutor said Woolley had gone to an address to "confront" the injured party about an "alleged affair" between the injured party and another woman's partner.

When the injured party opened the door, Woolley entered without permission and after a "verbal argument" the injured party made a call on a mobile phone but Woolley grabbed the phone and threw it away.

The prosecutor said the injured party said she was punched "numerous times" in the face and also kicked whilst Woolley was shouting: "I'm going to kill you and the next time I come back here I will slit your throat".

Woolley then left the area in a vehicle driven by a female, the prosecutor said.

A defence barrister said Woolley had "found out that the injured party was having an affair" and was "angry".

She said Woolley "naively and foolishly" had gone to "confront" the woman.

The lawyer claimed Woolley had not gone to the property with the intention of assaulting the woman but, "overwhelmed by emotion," it had "escalated beyond her intentions when she went to the house".

The barrister said the defendant "severely regrets letting herself lose control".

She said it had been "out of character" for Woolley who is a "hard-working valued member of society" who "lives with her long-term partner" and is a mother-of-two.

The lawyer said Woolley had never been in court before and wished to offer her "sincerest apologies" to the injured party.

Deputy District Judge Anne Marshall told Woolley, who was in court: "Taking the law into your own hands in any way isn't something that you can condone".

The judge said it was "obviously very frightening for the injured party".

Judge Marshall put Woolley on Probation for a year and said perhaps an "anger management course" could be part of that.