Problems between college students ended in violence

Beverley Magistrates Court

Beverley Magistrates Court

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A teenage girl had clumps of her hair pulled out and needed to go to hospital following an attack by a fellow pupil at East Riding College.

Business studies student Ayesha Giaffer, 21, attacked fellow pupil Kirsty Harlington during a meeting attended by two tutors which had been set up to “iron out” problems between the two girls, Beverley Magistrates heard.

Prosecuting, Andrew Stirling said the meeting was set up after Miss Harlington told tutors that Giaffer had been spreading rumours about her around the college, at Gallows Lane.

“But the meeting didn’t get anywhere and there was heated discussion,” said Mr Stirling.

He added: “Towards the end of the meeting the defendant suddenly grabbed hold of the complainant’s hair and wouldn’t let go.

“She was punched in the face by the defendant with some force and her head was banged on the table.”

The tutors intervened and the incident ended, but Miss Harlington complained of pain to her face and said she had lost some clumps of hair, the court heard.

Mr Stirling said that Miss Harlington, who was aged either 18 or 19 at the time of the attack in May this year, needed to go to hospital to have a bandage and splint put on her arm and wrist because the attack had “reactivated” a previous injury.

Defending, Matthew Coggin said there was “back history” between the pair and that Giaffer had been trying to keep away from the complainant.

He said that she at first tried to leave the meeting saying she knew nothing about the rumours, but was “provoked” into committing the attack when the complainant said “you always walk away.”

“None of this would have happened if the meeting hadn’t been organised,” said Mr Goggin.

He added: “My client had not been given any prior notice about the meeting and she felt it was a bit of an ambush situation.”

Giaffer, of St Nicholas Avenue, Hull, still has another year of her course to complete, after which she hopes to go to Westminster University to study business, the court heard.

Pleading guilty to assault by beating, she was handed a 12-month conditional discharge and told to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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