Woman beat up at home by drunk girls rang 999 but police didn't attend

Woman beat up at home by drunk girls rang 999 but police didn't attend

Woman, 24, beaten up in her own home by drunk girl gang after she dumped one of their friends rang 999 but police said she was ‘not an emergency’

  • Eve Sadler, 24, was beaten up at home by drunk girls after dumping their friend
  • Was attacked by Charlie Wilson, 25, Alysha Dean, 24 and Charlotte Corless, 23
  • They barged their way into her house on September 10, 2021 in Runcorn
  • After the attack she called police who said it was ‘not an emergency’ case
  • All the assailants avoided prison time as they were handed suspended sentences

A woman who was beaten up and had her property trashed by a drunken gang of girls during a terrifying home invasion rang 999 for help – only for police to tell she was ‘not an emergency’ case.

Eve Sadler, 24, was left with multiple injuries including a fractured orbital bone after being set upon by three other women who burst into her house in a revenge attack after she dumped one of their friends.

Chester Crown Court heard Miss Sadler, from Runcorn, Cheshire, heard a knock at her front door in the early hours of September 10, 2021, after returning home from a night out to watch a Tyson Fury boxing match with two others.

Expecting the caller to be her landlady, she opened the door and was confronted by Charlie Wilson, 25, Alysha Dean, 24, and Charlotte Corless, 23, all of Runcorn, who ‘barged’ their way in with Wilson leading the way and shouting: ‘I want my money.’

Eve Sadler (pictured), 24 from Runcorn, Cheshire, was beaten up and had her property trashed by a drunken gang of girls during a terrifying home invasion rang 999 for help – only for police to tell she was ‘not an emergency’ case

Miss Sadler answered her front door on September 10, 2021 and was confronted by three of her now former friends including Charlotte Corless (pictured), 23 from Runcorn. Corless admitted admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years

Alysha Dean (pictured) was sentenced to 18 months suspended for two years after pleading to assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) and criminal damage

Charlie Wilson (pictured leaving Warrington Magistrates Court), 25, was also admitted assault occasioning ABH and was sentenced to 16 months suspended for two years

During the assault Miss Sadler was kicked and punched in the face before her TV and fish tank were smashed up causing about £1,800 worth of damage.

After the attackers fled, the court heard police ‘ignored’ her plea to come immediately after an SOS call and a friend had to look after her instead.

Miss Sadler was so shaken and traumatised by the incident that she had to take five months off work was prescribed sleeping tablets and antidepressants by her GP.

In a statement she said: ‘I am scared of seeing any of the girls or any of their family or friends. I am struggling to cope and having flashbacks.

‘I do not feel safe at home. I am waiting for an appointment for a referral to a therapist. I am taking sleeping tablets and I am still taking antidepressants.

‘Whilst I was in the court I was being glared at by the defendants and their friends and family. I was being made to feel that I was the person to blame.’

At court, Dean, Corless and Wilson, all mothers, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.  Pharmaceutical worker Dean also admitted criminal damage.

Judge Simon Berkson sentenced Dean to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, plus a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement (RAR), 120 days on an alcohol monitoring programme and 250 hours of unpaid work. Dean must also pay £500 in compensation.

The judge sentenced Corless to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years, with a 20-day RAR and 250 hours of unpaid work, and to pay £500 in compensation, while Wilson received 16 months suspended for two years, plus a 25-day RAR, and 250 hours of unpaid work.

Each were also ordered to complete 250 hours of unpaid work. Dean and Corless were ordered to pay £500 each in compensation to Miss Sadler.

All three were banned from contacting Miss Sadler for seven years under the terms of a restraining order.

‘I am scared of seeing any of the girls or any of their family or friends. I am struggling to cope and having flashbacks,’ victim Eve Sadler (pictured) told the court


During the attack Miss Sadler’s two friends in the flat tried to intervene but Corless (pictured left and right leaving Warrington Magistrates Court), and Wilson stood on her head as Dean ‘went wild smashing up’ the property

Prosecutor Joanne Moore said the incident occurred in September 2021 after the woman targeted Sadler after she finished with one of their friends.

‘The victim’s former partner had not taken the break up well and became suicidal,’ said Miss Moore.

‘She was blamed for this and the friends turned against her. Additionally, the victim’s brother owed money to Wilson and it appears that this further aggravated the group.’

Joanne Moore, prosecuting, told how Miss Sadler was forced back onto the couch and told them to get out but her three former friends began kicking her. Dean, of Mevagissey Road, Brookvale, kicked and punched her, knocking her to the ground and causing ‘severe pain’.

Miss Sadler’s two friends in the flat tried to intervene but Corless, of Suffolk Street, and Wilson, of Mooring Close, Murdishaw, stood on her head as Dean ‘went wild smashing up’ the property.

Despite efforts to protect Miss Sadler, the assault continued, with Wilson kicking her.

She was joined by Dean, who ‘rained repeated blows’ on Miss Sadler’s face and pulled her hair as she tried to shield her face with her hands.

A male friend of the victim dragged Dean away.

The victim’s brother owed money to Wilson (pictured) and it appears that this further aggravated the group,’ the prosecution told the court


Alysha Dean (pictured left leaving Chester Crown Court and right),’rained repeated blows’ on Miss Sadler’s face and pulled her hair as she tried to shield her face with her hands

Ms Moore said Miss Sadler made a remark about Dean’s boyfriend ‘cheating on her’, which resulted in ‘all hell breaking loose’ as Dean proceeded to ‘go wild, and smashed up the property’ while Corless ‘repeatedly punched Miss Sadler to the face’.

It ended when Miss Sadler’s male friends managed to keep the attackers away from their victim.

Miss Sadler said when she contacted the police they told her she was ‘safe in her own home and it wasn’t an emergency’.

She ‘felt like she was having a panic attack’ and her nose was ‘bleeding heavily’ while her arm also bled.

The damage to her flat was so extensive it looked ‘destroyed’, including a fish tank, with the estimated value running to thousands of pounds. Miss Sadler suffered a broken eye socket, swelling, bruising to her eye, nose and scalp, plus an abrasion to her cheek and tenderness.

In her victim impact statement she said the ordeal left her ‘badly shaken’ and she hasn’t been able to return to the flat other than collect some belongings, and she remained ‘scared’ of encountering her attackers.

She added she suffered ‘flashbacks’ and ‘I don’t feel safe at home’. Miss Sadler also took five months off work, adding she didn’t feel safe in court at the plea hearing in November.

Text messages discovered by investigators revealed Wilson saying she ‘can’t believe she did this’, while a conversation between Corless and Dean surmised ‘we didn’t hurt her that bad’.

Sentencing the three woman at Chester Crown Court (pictured), Judge Simon Berkson said: ‘This is a very upsetting case as far as this court is concerned.You are four friends who fell out. One friend was beaten up in her own home and property damaged.

All three attackers pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) at the first opportunity with Dean also admitting criminal damage. None had any previous convictions.

Paul Wood, defending Dean, conceded the assault caused an ‘unpleasant injury’, as he warned against the risk of ‘double-counting’ aggravating features such as being in drink.

He referred to Dean’s previous ‘good character’, her assessment as a ‘low risk of reoffending’, ‘remorse’ and a ‘significant period of delay in which the defendant has held down work, stayed out of trouble’, and lost one job but found another in pharmaceuticals.

Mr Wood said Dean was also awaiting an assessment for borderline personality disorder in addition to a ‘question mark’ over undiagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

She was also the primary carer for her young daughter, and has only had two drinks since the night in question – ‘a dramatic reduction’ in her alcohol consumption.

Mark Pritchard, defending Corless, contested the degree of premeditation, arguing the assault was a case of ‘three young women in drink in a drunken spur of the moment to make a very silly decision’, adding the incident was an ‘expression of her immaturity’, and she deserved full credit for her guilty plea.

He added Corless was ‘struggling with her grief’ at the time because she had lost two grandparents in a short space of time, but realised her behaviour in her words was ‘100% wrong’.

Mr Pritchard said Corless presented a ‘realistic prospect of rehabilitation’.

Jeremy Rawson, representing Wilson, said her position had ‘significant mitigating features’, namely her previous good character, five references that ‘speak highly of her’, and her ‘tangible and obvious remorse’.

He said Wilson ‘blames herself and she wishes it had never happened’, and the ‘horrible incident’ was something ‘she regrets bitterly’.

Mr Rawson added she presented a ‘low risk of reoffending’ and ‘realistic prospect of rehabilitation’, was in work and had a partner and two young children.

Judge Simon Berkson sentenced Dean to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, plus a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement (RAR), 120 days on an alcohol monitoring programme and 250 hours of unpaid work. Dean must also pay £500 in compensation.

The judge sentenced Corless to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years, with a 20-day RAR and 250 hours of unpaid work, and to pay £500 in compensation, while Wilson received 16 months suspended for two years, plus a 25-day RAR, and 250 hours of unpaid work.

He made a restraining order against all three defendants to run for seven years.

In his sentencing comments, Judge Berkson described the case as ‘three people targeting this one victim causing her not only physical injuries, which include a serious injury so far as ABH is concerned, but also the emotional trauma of three friends attacking her in her own home’.

Sentencing the three woman, Judge Simon Berkson said: ‘This is a very upsetting case as far as this court is concerned.You are four friends who fell out. One friend was beaten up in her own home and property damaged.

‘The circumstances are that there was a demonstration of immaturity on your part. Your idea was that you would sort out problems following the break-up of a relationship by going around to some lady’s house and kicking, punching, and hurting them physically.

‘As far as each of you are concerned, what is most surprising is what normal lives you live. You are parents, you’ve got jobs, you have never been in trouble before these events or since. Why you decided to behave so terribly that day, is difficult to understand.’

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