A WOMAN who was dragged to the floor by her hair and kicked in the face was left with smashed teeth and broken glasses, a court heard.

The ‘shocking attack’ was carried out by Lisa Ackerley, 50, while the victim had been sat watching a band at an event in Mirehouse, Whitehaven on May 6, Workington Magistrates’ Court heard.

Outlining the case, Pamela Fee, prosecuting, said Ackerley had approached the victim who had been sat on a deck chair.

Ackerley, who is known to the victim, had become ‘angry’ and ‘aggressive’. She started punching the woman to the side of the face, using ‘a lot of force’. The victim was ‘dazed’.

Before she could get her bearings, Ackerley had grabbed her by the hair and dragged her to the floor. The defendant then kicked the woman to the face.

The victim suffered swelling to the face and smashed teeth. A first aider provided assistance to her and an ambulance was called.

Her glasses had been damaged after one of the punches caused them to be pushed into her face.

A victim impact statement read to the court said the woman’s mental health had suffered considerably following the incident.

She said she no longer left the house for anything other than medical appointments.

A witness described being ‘shocked’ by the attack, seeing Ackerley drag the woman to the floor then deliberately kick her to the face.

Ackerley, of Copeland Avenue, Whitehaven, pleaded guilty to assaulting a person, occasioning them actual bodily harm and criminal damage to property under £5,000.

Sean Harkin, defending, said it had been an ‘impulsive’, ‘spontaneous’ act during a ‘chance meeting’.

He said: “There is clearly a history between her [the victim] and the defendant.

“The defendant hadn’t troubled the court since 2015. She is a carer for her eight-year-old daughter.”

Magistrates sent the case to Carlisle Crown Court for sentence on February 5.  

The defendant was granted bail, on the condition that she does not go to a named address or contact the victim in any way.