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Sunday, 29 March 2015

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Cumbrian women attack love rival and hack her hair to teach her a lesson

Two women attacked one of their friends and hacked her hair off to “teach her a lesson she would never forget” after they discovered she was having an affair with one of their boyfriends.

Emma Felton, 28, decided on the revenge mission after discovering 22-year-old Cassie Simpson had started a relationship with Steven Doble, who had been her boyfriend for two months.

She recruited Michelle Simpson, 31, to go with her because she knew Cassie Simpson had done the same thing with her boyfriend a year before, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

The pair were both given suspended prison sentences for what Judge Paul Batty QC, Carlisle’s Honorary Recorder, described as “a truly shocking” crime.

Felton, who used to live in Friars Road, Penrith, but has recently moved back to live with her parents in Shap, started threatening her friend in text messages then recruited Michelle Simpson to help “teach her a lesson she wouldn’t forget”, the court heard.

Michelle Simpson, of Brentfield Way, Penrith, then handed Felton the scissors, which she used to “cut chunks” out of their victim’s hair, he said.

Emma Felton and Michelle Simpson both pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm.

Felton, who has one child and is expecting another on Boxing Day, was given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years and placed under curfew from 8pm to 8am every night for the next six months.

Michelle Simpson was given a 16-month prison sentence, suspended for two years and put under an 8pm to 7am curfew for three months.

Judge Paul Batty QC told them: “This is a truly shocking case. You were determined to teach her a lesson she would never forget and I have no doubt she will never forget the punishment and degradation you inflicted on her.”


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