Court hears attack was ‘cry for help’

A WOMAN’s attack on an innocent passer-by was a cry for help, a court heard.

Sophie Henderson, 23, of Tutts Barn Lane, was out drinking on February 9 – days before her final appointment with probation – when she spotted a man walking near the Terminus pub in Terminus Road.

Henderson, who has been convicted 24 times and suffers from paranoia, badgered him for a cigarette for up to 10 minutes and when he repeatedly refused she became violent.

Following a short scuffle the man’s mouth started to bleed.

Henderson pleaded guilty to assault last Friday at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court.

Christos Christou, defending, said, “She has deliberately gone out drinking, knowing it was going to get her in trouble. She has pushed him a couple of times and knew she was going to get arrested.”

Probation agreed Henderson had planned to get arrested and it was a cry for attention because she does not have the support to help her through her drug and alcohol misuse.

On Tuesday (February 15) she was given a six-week suspended sentence, placed in a drug supervision programme and ordered to pay £50 in compensation to the victim.