A MUM and daughter have avoided a jail sentence after attacking another woman at the GlastonBARRY musical festival last summer.
Receptionist Amanda Penberthy, 52, and her daughter Jade, 25, had previously been convicted of assault for attacking 33-year-old Rebecca Johnson at last year’s event, next to the site’s portable toilets. Both women had pleaded not guilty to the offence.
Witnesses saw Jade Penberthy scream insults at Miss Johnson, calling her a “fat cow”, “goofy” and a “slag” before they clashed in the queue for the toilets.
Jade Penberthy smashed a can of cider into Miss Johnson’s mouth, which exploded in her face.
The court heard Amanda Penberthy then joined in to grab Miss Johnson before they were pulled apart by security.
Cardiff magistrates heard a mass scuffle then broke out between the families of the three women before gym receptionist Amanda Penberthy jumped on top of Miss Johnson and straddled her on the ground, raining down a series of punches on her victim.
One eyewitness said: “I didn’t see how it started. As I walked closer I could see someone was on the floor with a female on top of them.
“The female on the floor had her hand over her face. The other female straddled across her punching her to the head.”
Festival steward Christian Williams said he found Miss Johnson “bruised” with blood coming from her mouth.
The court heard both families had been at “loggerheads” for 16 years after Miss Johnson had married Amanda Penberthy’s nephew, Craig.
Both Penberthys denied assault, claiming they had acted in self defence.
District Judge Stephen Harmes handed both women a 12 month community order with ten days rehabilitation.
The women were also given a 12 month restraining order banning them from contacting Miss Johnson.
Judge Harmes said: “It is an extremely unfortunate circumstance between members of a family at extreme odds with each other over a long period of time.
“Amanda Penberthy you accepted that you should have got away from any problem and that would have been the wise thing to do.
“I would guess throughout these proceedings that you have been mostly concerned for your daughter but I found that she caused this at the start.
“This is a case where had you been in trouble before you could be going to custody now.”
Amanda Penberthy, of Peterswell Road, Barry, was ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work, pay £150 compensation, £300 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.
Jade Penberthy, from Westward Rise, Barry, was given a £750 fine, £150 compensation, £300 costs and a £75 victim surcharge.