Mother-of-six punched and kicked pregnant woman at Wrexham bar


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MOTHER on her first night out since the birth of her sixth child assaulted a woman who was five months pregnant.

Kelly Louise Manuel, 34, punched and kicked Jenna Butler to the head and stomach repeatedly in a melee at Chequers bar in Church Street, Wrexham, on April 15.

Miss Butler lost consciousness during the attack and could not remember much of what happened until she was in the back of an ambulance and fearing she could lose her unborn child.

The incident was sparked after Manuel, of Heol Hyfryd, Gwersyllt, complained to the DJ about the behaviour of a man she said was dancing closely to her and touching her inappropriately.

Security staff removed the man from the premises, after which there was an altercation between Manuel and Miss Butler which resulted in pushing and shoving.

Manuel threw a glass at Miss Butler and a struggle broke out, with each pulling the other’s hair before they fell to the floor.

Manuel was appearing for sentencing before Wrexham Magistrates Court, having pleaded guilty to assault and using threatening behaviour.

James Neary, prosecuting, said Miss Butler was at Chequers with her mother and friends after an evening out in Wrexham.

It was the last place they visited that night, having decided to go for a final drink.

Miss Butler opted to go outside and saw Manuel, who the court heard she had never met before.

The pair had a conversation but Miss Butler said she could not remember what about. She was then pushed by Manuel.

Miss Butler told Manuel she was five months pregnant, but Manuel replied: “What are you doing here if you’re pregnant?”

Manuel kicked Miss Butler to the face repeatedly while she was on the floor. But the victim was knocked unconscious and cannot remember much of what happened until she was in the back of an ambulance crying and asking for her mum.

Mr Neary said the unprovoked assault led Miss Butler to worry for the safety of her unborn baby, which was unharmed.

She had soreness to her face, stomach and abdomen after the assault, the court heard.

Miss Butler’s mother described in a statement how Manuel grabbed her daughter’s hair with both hands and punched her in the head before they both fell to the floor, where Manuel continued to kick and punch her in the stomach.

Emma Simoes, defending, said it was an unpleasant attack but disputed Manuel, a mum-of-six, had known Miss Butler was pregnant.

Miss Simoes said Manuel went out drinking for the first time since the birth of her youngest daughter – now 17 weeks old – at the time of the assault.

She had gone out for a quiet evening with her partner and was upset by the unwanted attention from the man, who was kicked out of the bar shortly before the attack.

Manuel accepted that she was punching and kicking out while on the floor, but her intention was to get people off her and the whole incident only lasted a matter of seconds.

Miss Simoes said it was Miss Butler who had approached Manuel and they both went for each other. Manuel did not seek to justify her behaviour and was extremely remorseful.

There were no injuries to Miss Butler other than a minor lump on her head, the court heard.

Miss Simoes added: “My client has not had an easy time of it in the last few years. She is petrified that she is at risk of going to custody after this incident.”

But magistrates drew back from imposing immediate custody, sentencing Manuel to 12 weeks in prison suspended for two years and banning her from licensed premises in Wrexham for 12 months.

She was also ordered to carry out a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and told she must pay £300 in compensation to Miss Butler, as well as £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

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