Woman, 27, in court for 'slapping' her mother

By News Reporter in Local People

A 27-year-old woman from Golders Green has appeared in court charged with assaulting her mother.

Sarah Joseph, of Oakwood Road, appeared at Hendon Magistrates’ Court where she pleaded guilty to two charges of assault by beating which occurred on separate dates in September last year.

Prosecuting, Peter Lock said: "The allegations are that Miss Joseph has on one occasion slapped her mother, who was 58 at the time, and a few days later the allegation is that she pulled her mother’s hair."

The court heard how Joseph had received a “personal injury sum” of between four and five million pounds as a result of sustaining “a debilitating life-long illness.”

Suffering from hearing problems, she was allowed to stand next to her solicitor, Mr Carey, who said her mother provided care for her which she “valued.”

However he said: “She must express herself in ways other than physical aggression when she is in times of distress.”

The court heard how Joseph lived with her mother and sister, but that the family were set to move to a new property which would be sub-divided so that she could live in one half and have some independence.

Deputy District Judge Robert Roscoe noted that Joseph had been sentenced for assaults on her mother in both 2015 and 2016, for which she was still serving a community order.

He also noted that police had been called to the family address at least a dozen times since November 2014.

Mr Roscoe said domestic violence was more serious than other forms of violence, adding: “Many domestic violence incidents are never reported, and that only happens because things become too much for the victim, be it a mother or a wife or husband. The reasons people suffer the incidents rather than reporting them is because they value their relationships and they want their child to grow up within the security of the family, and they always hope it will never happen again.”

Mr Roscoe noted Joseph had made progress under the current order with the help of the probation service, but he said she had been identified as having "rigidity in her thinking," and warned her: “If this becomes a regular occurrence then you will have to go to prison.”

He added: “It’s difficult being you, but the situation cannot go on with other people walking on eggshells around you. You have to learn to deal with your own frustrations.”

Joseph was ordered to pay £250 in compensation to her mother for each of the assaults.

The existing community order was revoked and a new 12-month order was put in place with a requirement that Joseph attends 25 rehabilitation activities. She must also pay and £85 victim surcharge.

The nature of her illness was not mentioned in court.

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