Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021

Mum, 27, pours kettle of boiling water over neighbour after vicious street row

A mum-of-two who poured boiling sugar water over her neighbour in a vicious attack got off without jail time so she could raise her kids.

Merseyside mum Chloe Walsh, 27, caused facial burns to Kimberley Caples after throwing the boiling water over her head during a street disagreement, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Kimberley's injuries were so severe she couldn't raise her three-month old child.

But Walsh has walked free because she pled guilty to accidentally causing grievous bodily harm – and because she's the primary caregiver for her two young children, aged 2 and 7.

Prosecuting lawyer Martine Snowdon told Liverpool Crown Court said the crazed violent outburst was the result of a months-long dispute between the neighbours.

She said client Kimberley "expresses how painful and distressing the injuries were" and "how difficult it made in particular care of her three-month-old".

Snowdon added the attack was "fairly quick moving" and "impulsive", leaving the poor victim no chance to react.

Defending lawyer John Rowan said Chloe's fragile mental health and medication was a major cause of the erratic ambush.

He said: "[Chloe] remembers it with a great degree of shame, a great degree of remorse and a great degree of regret.

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"In my submission there is a realistic prospect of rehabilitation in this case."

When she was 15 Chloe was stabbed in a heinous act of violence, leaving her with lifelong PTSD.

Judge Ian Unsworth QC sympathised with Chloe's plight – but expressed disappointment in her behaviour.

He said: "It is sad someone of your age, a mother with all the issues you have had in your life and the great efforts you have made to overcome those issues, should find yourself in the dock of a criminal court facing sentence for such a serious matter.

"I have been just about persuaded in this case your sentence of imprisonment can be suspended."

Walsh was handed an 18-month sentence suspended for 20 months, ordered to complete 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements plus 150h of unpaid work.

The judge also imposed a 5-year restraining order preventing the attacker from contacting her victim.

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