Bridlington woman beat grandmother to a pulp

Michelle Reid, 27, outside Hull Crown Court.
Michelle Reid, 27, outside Hull Crown Court.

A MOTHER-OF-THREE attacked and stamped on a grandmother injuring her so badly surgeons needed to insert a metal plate in her skull to repair a fractured eye socket.

Michelle Reid, 27, beat Mandy Pilmoor to a pulp, with punches kicks and a stamp after telling her: “Who are you looking at, you old bag?”

Mrs Pilmoor had been babysitting with her husband Keith at her daughter’s flat in Bessingby Gate, Bridlington and were just saying goodbye on the doorstep when she turned around to see Reid and her boyfriend in the street, Hull Crown Court heard on Wednesday November 20.

Reid claimed she heard Mrs Pilmoor’s daughter shouting at her to “put your breasts away,” and took it as an insult.

Crown barrister John Thackray said Reid responded by making a remark about how old Mrs Pilmoor’s daughter was to have a child. The violence then escalated out of control.

Reid, of Bessingby Gate, pleaded guilty to a charge of causing grievous bodily harm to Mrs Pilmoor by attacking her in the street at night.

Her boyfriend Thomas Thompson, 30, of Tennyson Avenue, admitted a charge of causing actual bodily harm to Keith Pilmoor who went to his wife’s defence.

Mr Thackray said Mrs Pilmoor had tried to calm the situation by explaining her daughter was simply saying goodnight, and she had misheard.

But the court heard that Reid was having none of it, swore at her and then attacked.

“Reid went over and threw punches and Mrs Pilmoor did her best to defend herself,” said Mr Thackray. “She was kicked and stamped on.”

When her husband came to her defence Reid’s partner Thomas Thompson punched him repeatedly in the face knocking his glasses off. He could not see to defend himself. He received a black eye and bruising.

Mrs Pilmoor was treated first at Scarborough Hospital and then sent to a specialist at York Hospital when it became clear she had a serious injury.

In a victim impact statement, Mrs Pilmoor, said the attack had dramatically affected her life.

A necklace she was wearing was also broken off in the attack and Reid was charged with robbery, but the Crown have now dropped the charge.

The court heard Reid has previous convictions, for affray as a juvenile in 2002, dishonesty and threatening behaviour.

Thompson has convictions for battery, ABH, drugs and dishonesty and has been to prison before.

Defence barrister Paul Genney for Reid said she had three children aged nine, six and two-years-old.

He said the youngest child needed special care because of encephalitis, inflammation of the brain.

He said on the evening of the attack on July 1, 2011, Reid had recently given birth and was showing off a scar which had been misinterpreted.

Judge Jeremy Richardson, QC, told Reid she deserved prison and if she had fought a trial he would have jailed her for 15 months.

He told Thompson he could have been jailed for 12 months. However, he said he had to take account of the youngest child’s condition and the plea to the offence on the day of the hearing.

He said they would most likely receive suspended prison sentences, but all options would be open.

He adjourned sentence until December 14 at Hull Crown Court and granted them both bail.