A receptionist at a riding school repeatedly punched an instructor outside the stable block after saying she was useless at her job and “kidding”
Hayley Dickens said she still had hearing problems six months after her sister-in-law Kirstie Whittington, 39, hit her in the ears, eyes and jaw on May 21 during the collapse.
Whittington, a mother of two, claimed she acted in self-defense after Ms Dickens attacked her.
She claimed that Ms Dickens had “gone into a tirade” saying she had to “get rid of my *** and do my job properly”.
But District Judge Julia Newton found her guilty in Highbury Corner Magistrates Court of assault causing bodily harm after hearing the evidence.
Ms Dickens, whose mother owns Gillian’s Riding School in Enfield, north London, said there was confusion that day over which horses were allocated to her clients, which confused His lessons.
She felt it was “unprofessional” and filed a complaint in which she mentioned Whittington, sparking the quarrel.
Riding instructor Ms Dickens said: “I walked out of the horse stables and was confronted with her and she was very clearly very upset about something.
Hayley Dickens said she still had hearing problems six months after the stable side fight
Mother of two Kirstie Whittington said she acted in self-defense but was sentenced
“Then she told me that if ever I had something to say to her, I should say it to her face. She was at this point, using her hands while gesturing, pointing quite sharply, aggressively at me.
She then went on to say, ‘Never do something like that again.’ Then I came back and said, ‘Well, if I’m not happy with something in the workplace, I’ll go. report it, you can’t tell me ”.
“Then she said things that I think to insult me - ‘you’re embarrassing’, ‘you’re a joke’ – she was pretty mean. She then raised her fists and then hit me several times in the head with both fists.
“I had my hands up and I was pushing her back. She hit me about three times through my right eye, she hit me on my right ear, she hit my left ear and my left jaw.
“There were probably five or six hits that hit my head.”
Justices of the peace heard Ms Dickens had visited two hospitals, which told her she had suffered a concussion and still had hearing problems in her left ear.
Whittington’s defense attorney had tried to convince the court that the victim had started the fight.
Ms Dickens’ mother owns Gillian’s Riding School in Enfield, north London, where it happened
Attorney Lily Roberts-Phelps said: “You really don’t like Kirstie, do you?”
Ms Dickens replied, “I’m not his biggest fan. I’m not his best friend.
Whittington initially denied hitting Ms Dickens, claiming the other woman attacked and injured her.
She told the court: “Hayley started a tirade at myself and then said… if I got rid of my *** and did my job right, we wouldn’t have these problems with people.
“I told him calmly, please don’t tell other people about me like that, don’t report me to other staff, if you have any problems, people come and talk to me.
“She turned around and said, ‘My mom doesn’t even think you can do your job.’
‘All she said to me was, “It’s all you, it’s your fault, it’s always you.”
“I walked away… because I had said what I had to say and she didn’t even give me an answer that deserved all I could understand.”
‘Hayley turned around and said, “Don’t walk away from me.” So I turned around and then she walked over to me and found herself face to face, her nose was touching mine and she was talking to me, gritting her teeth. I tried to pull back, that’s when she grabbed my coat collar and my hair but pretty hard. I managed to get my hand and arm through hers and push her arm back to try and get her out.
Whittington agreed that she and Ms Dickens had “never had a close relationship like some sisters-in-law do.”
Whittington, of Theobalds Park Road, Enfield, north London, denied but was convicted of assault causing them actual bodily harm.
She was released on bail before sentencing on December 21.