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ATTACKER RELEASED: Berkhamsted woman grateful for release after assaulting pregnant sister

 Published on: 2nd July 2020   |   By: Court Reporter   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Berkhamsted woman who hit her heavily pregnant sister and punched her brother thanked a judge today (Thursday, July 2) who freed her after she spent 115 days in prison.

Joanna Koutalides, 24, had been banned from going to their home in Berkhamsted when she smashed a side door at 7.35am on March 9.

Prosecutor Richard Hutchings told St Albans Crown Court (pictured) she got in and ran at her pregnant sister. 

She hit her twice saying: “I am going to kill you. You are literally f……. disgusting.”

Koutalides’ brother intervened and she punched him. He escorted her out of the house as she told him she was going to come back again, each time crazier.

The police were called and she was found in a bush by officers. When arrested she said ‘sorry’, said Mr Hutchings.

Koutalides, of High Street, Berkhamsted, appeared for sentence on a video link from Peterborough jail. She had pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order, two assaults by beating and criminal damage.

Defending, Andrew Kerry said she had been in custody since her arrest on March 9, having spent 115 days in custody.

She told the judge she had a “great relationship” with her boyfriend and was going to move to London, where she had a job in shop.

Judge Nigel Lithman QC passed an 18-month sentence suspended for two years with a condition that she attends 20 rehabilitation activity days. 

He made a five-year restraining order banning her from contacting her mother, brother and sister.

The judge told her: “You now a have a choice. If you come back your starting point is 18 months in prison. Stay out of trouble.”

She thanked the judge for freeing her.

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