A PARKING warden suffered a fractured eye socket when she was attacked “with the force of a sledgehammer” by a drug addict near Sheffield city centre.
She was so traumatised that she has not yet returned to her duties eight months after the assault.
CCTV identified Beverley Green, aged 37, who was jailed for three years at Sheffield Crown Court after admitting grievous bodily harm along with drug offences.
Four others were sent to prison at the same hearing for involvement in the drug trade after being caught as part of Operation Mach, a police undercover operation against street dealers.
Green, of Kestrel Drive, Eckington, who has a drug and alcohol addiction, was drinking from a can of beer with two men at 10.45am on October 27 when she attacked the warden, who was ticketing a car on John Street, near Bramall Lane. None of the three had anything to do with the car.
“One of them made a comment about getting a proper job – to which the complainant replied ‘at least I have a proper job’ and ‘it’s better than being on my back’,” said Susan Evans, prosecuting.
“The defendant came over shouting ‘what did you say’ and began punching the complainant in the face a number of times. It was a sustained assault.
“The warden attempted to cover her face with her arms and looked down at the pavement but the defendant raised her knee into her face. The complainant described the force of the blows as like being hit with a sledgehammer.”
Honorary Recorder of Sheffield, Judge Alan Goldsack QC, sentenced Green to two years for the GBH and a further year for the drugs offences, to be served consecutively.
He said: “The assault was a serious offence because it involved a public servant carrying out her duties which you took exception to – even though you had no involvement with the car to which she was applying the ticket.”
Judge Goldsack said she had a ‘generally bad record’ reflecting her problems with ‘drug and alcohol abuse’.
As a result of Operation Mach, 32 people have been sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court for drugs offences. The latest were caught by police posing as salesmen offering designer clothes in exchange for drugs, including cocaine and heroin.