A former boxer wrestled her ex-boyfriend to the ground during a ‘tag-team-style’ beating in a crowded pub after she and her best friend caught him with another woman.
Anna Hambleton, 35, used her old skills in the ring as a White Collar Fighter to knock James Kelly to the ground – while her friend Louise Brown, 53, rained punches on the back of his head.
During the attack in front of regulars at the Golden Hind pub in Offerton, Stockport, Greater Manchester, Mr Kelly, who had been having a quiet drink with an unnamed girlfriend, was also stabbed in the face and kicked in the back when spoken to by the two women.
Police inquiries revealed Hambleton and Mr Kelly, 40, who were once neighbours, were involved in a bitter feud following the breakdown of their romance.
Louise Brown (left) and Anna Hambleton outside Tameside Magistrates Court
James Kelly was assaulted in front of regulars at the Golden Hind pub in Offerton, Stockport
It was alleged that in the weeks before the beating, Mr. Kelly threw paint stripper and eggs at Hambleton’s car and smashed the windows of her home.
She and Brown had been drinking heavily leading up to the assault on Kelly at the revenge bar.
At Tameside Magistrates Court, mother-of-four Hambleton and mother-of-five Brown, both of Offerton, admitted common assault and were each fined £120.
The court heard that Hambleton and Mr. Kelly had been casual lovers and neighbors for over a year and that he had been charged with harassment over claims he called her on multiple occasions.
Louise Brown (left) and Anna Hambleton were each also ordered to pay £85 in costs and the £34 victim fee – pictured out of court
Anna Hambleton, a female former boxer, wrestled her ex-boyfriend James Kelly to the ground
Robin Lynch, Prosecutor said: ‘On 11 March 2022, the Prosecutor had a drink with another woman at the Golden Hind pub in Offerton.
“Both defendants had been drinking together at home and later the defendants entered the pub and saw him.
Miss Hambleton began to push her finger close to the complainant’s face and began to yell at him. During this time, Mrs. Brown on the back of the complainant’s mind a number of times.
Miss Hambleton then tackled the complainant to the ground and punched him while Miss Brown kicked him several times in the back. The defendants ran away and came back briefly to shout at the complainant.’
Police were called to the pub and the pair were escorted to Stockport police station, where neither of them commented on interviews. They later claimed they had no recollection of the incident.
Police investigation revealed Hambleton and Mr Kelly, 40, who were once neighbours, were involved in a bitter feud following the breakdown of their romance
Mr Kelly, now of Edgeley, Stockport suffered no visible injuries, but told police in a victim impact statement: ‘Because of the incident I haven’t been out much as I feel everyone is against me.’
Hambleton had one previous battery use conviction in 2015, for which she received 12 months of community service.
In mitigation, attorney Michelle Mann said, “As we all know, there are two sides to every story and this case is no exception. Ms Hambleton and the complainant started a relationship in about the beginning of 2020 and it ended in September 2021.
‘The pair met because of their proximity, living just two doors apart on a street in Offerton. They were on and off throughout their entire relationship.
Hambleton told the hearing: ‘My behavior was very impulsive and I just want to get on with my life without him’
The Golden Hind in Stockport, Greater Manchester, where the incident took place
“During one of their rest periods, the complainant threw paint stripper over the hood of her car. She reported the incident to the police. However, as is often the case with on-off relationships, the couple got back together.
But they split up again shortly after, and in response the complainant again threw paint stripper and eggs at the car. Hambleton, who was absent at the time, was then followed by the complainant back to her home.
Once inside, the complainant smashed her car windows. Hambleton called the police and the complainant was arrested. He was later charged and released on bail. A non-molestation order has been issued between the two parties.
‘Mrs Hambleton’s address was a rented property in Offerton, Stockport owned by a housing association. The association was happy to allow Hambleton to stay at the property, but she asked them if she could move from the address so she could distance herself from the complainant.
‘However, the association did not offer her new housing and she began staying at Mrs. Brown’s address. As a result of their breakup, she began drinking heavily with Mrs. Brown.
“Miss Brown herself had her own problems with the prosecution. On one occasion after the breakup, Miss Brown was shopping at a local store near her address when the complainant spotted her and began yelling abuse at her.
“The complainant made insults about Brown’s disabled 18-year-old son. The incident was so serious that store staff had to remove him from the store.”
Last month, Mr Kelly was due to stand trial for harassing Hambleton but charges against him were dropped as no evidence was provided.
Hambleton told the hearing, “My behavior was very impulsive and I just want to get on with my life without him.”
Brown added, “I am sorry for what I have done, I am embarrassed and I am very sorry.”
They were also each ordered to pay £85 in costs and the £34 victim surcharge. Kelly’s request for a restraining order was denied because a pre-existing non-assault warrant was already in place.