Jailed attacker will miss her mum's funeral
A GOOD Samaritan was beaten up in a pub by a woman she was trying to help.
Joy Perkin went to the aid of Janet Titterton after seeing her being pinned up against the bar.
But instead of being grateful, Titterton turned on Mrs Perkin and subjected her to a violent assault.
Now 42-year-old Titterton will miss her mother's funeral after being jailed for a total of 22 months.
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Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Mrs Perkin and her husband Keith were having a drink in the Bird In Hand, in Leek, when Titterton and Robert Mace arrived and started arguing.
Prosecutor David Swinnerton said: "Mrs Perkin pleaded with him to let her go. Miss Titterton turned on Mrs Perkin. She punched her and pulled her hair. Mrs Perkin was then was hit in the back of a head with a bar stool."
Meanwhile Mr Perkin tried to come to his wife's aid, but was punched by Mace.
In a statement, Mrs Perkin said she was devastated by the attack on June 27 last year. She said: "I don't want to go out in Leek. I was trying to be a good citizen."
Titterton, of Sidney Drive, Kingsley Holt, denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm and failed to turn up at her trial. She was found guilty by a jury in her absence. Recorder Stephen Lowne sentenced Titterton to 18 months for the assault and four months for failing to attend her trial. He told her: "Mrs Perkin was concerned for you."
Mace, of Sidney Drive, Kingsley Holt, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm on Mr Perkin. He was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work.