Avon lady who kneed pregnant mother in Liverpool avoids jail

Avon brawling! Angry Avon lady, 49, who kneed pregnant mother in the stomach and shouted ‘I am going to t*** you in a minute’ in furious row over parking space avoids jail

  • Cheryl Hayes attacked Jessica Stevens outside the World Museum in Liverpool
  • She struck the victim in the head and face while Stevens’ three children watched
  • Hayes was ordered to do a 12-month community order and pay £500 to Stevens

An angry Avon lady who kneed a pregnant mother in the stomach in a furious row over a museum parking space has avoided jail.

Cheryl Hayes, 49, was said to have called Jessica Stevens a ‘c**t’ and shouted ‘I’m going to t***you in a minute’ after trying unsuccessfully to steal a bay where the victim was about to park her Range Rover.

During the fight outside the World Museum in Liverpool, Hayes jumped out of her vehicle and squared up to mother-of-three Ms Stevens who had been tapping on the other woman’s car windscreen as she had already bought a pay and display ticket.

Then as the victim’s distressed children looked on in horror, Hayes struck her in the head and face before grabbing her by the hair and pulling her to her knees. 

Cheryl Hayes (pictured), 49, was said to have called Jessica Stevens a ‘c**t’ after trying unsuccessfully to steal a bay where the victim was about to park her Range Rover 

During the fight outside the World Museum in Liverpool (pictured), Hayes jumped out of her vehicle and squared up to mother-of-three Ms Stevens who had been tapping on the other woman’s car windscreen as she had already bought a pay and display ticket

She then kneed the victim in the stomach before being pulled away by her 21-year-old son.

Ms Stevens who was 18 weeks pregnant with her fourth child suffered bruising to her arms and legs and was subsequently admitted to the Countess of Chester Hospital. 

In a statement to the police the victim said: ‘At the time I was very shocked. 

‘I was 18 weeks pregnant and I was concerned that the woman had harmed my unborn child.

‘I also had my children in the car who were upset and hysterical. 

‘I had to reassure them after what happened and they had difficulty going to sleep.

‘Following the incident, I did not want to go out in public and was fearful something like that could happen again.

‘Her behaviour was disgusting and completely uncalled for. 

‘I had to wait two weeks for the result of a scan to see if my baby was OK. 

‘It felt like a lifetime. I had sleepless nights.

‘It upsets me deeply that I may not have had my baby due to this behaviour and it deeply upsets me that my children had to witness me being attacked in what should be a family friendly place. 

‘I hope that this woman is appalled and ashamed of her behaviour, assaulting a pregnant woman in front of minors.’

At Sefton magistrates court, Hayes, from Litherland, Merseyside, was ordered to pay Ms Stevens £500 compensation after she admitted assault.

Andrew Page, prosecuting, said the incident occurred at around noon on February 19 this year when Ms Stevens and her three children were due to visit the museum which had extensive collections covering archaeology and science.

He said the parking spaces on William Brown Street were initially all occupied so Ms Stevens parked up in the coach spaces opposite the museum entrance to wait for a space to become available.

Hayes (pictured) struck Jessica Stevens in the head and face before grabbing her by the hair and pulling her to her knees, while Stevens’ three children watched in horror. According to Ms Stevens, Hayes’ sped off in her car after the fight

But trouble began when mother-of-two Hayes who was driving a blue Skoda pulled up behind Ms Stevens’ black Range Rover. 

‘The complainant got out of her car to purchase a parking ticket but as she walked back to her car, another vehicle left, making a parking space available,’ said Mr Page.

‘The defendant was in her car and she drove in an attempt to put her car in the parking space. 

‘The complainant believed the defendant’s driving to be aggressive so she knocked on the bonnet and the windscreen. 

‘But there was a verbal argument between Ms Stevens and the defendant.

‘Ms Stevens then went to put the ticket in her car after which Hayes got out of her car and approached her. 

‘She banged on her vehicle aggressively, asking “How do you like it?”.

‘The complainant asked the defendant to “Stop it” as there were children in her car and she tried to push her away. 

‘But the defendant struck her in the head and face and then grabbed her hair and pulled her to her knees. 

‘She then kneed her in the stomach.’

Hayes’s son intervened and afterwards he handed the victim her purse which had fallen to the ground in the tussle. 

Hayes then sped off in her car while two members of the public went to assist Ms Stevens but Hayes was detained later.

In a subsequent interview, Hayes told police that she had been waiting for a parking space and had gone into the space when one became available. 

She said Ms Stevens had aggressively banged on her windscreen and passenger window.

‘She said she felt threatened,’ Mr Page said, ‘Her son is autistic and the situation caused him massive distress. 

‘She denied claims she called Ms Stevens a c**t and saying “I am going to t*** you in a minute.”‘

In mitigation defence lawyer Keith Webster said his client didn’t know the victim was pregnant. 

He added: ‘On the day in question the complainant was in her vehicle with her family. 

‘The defendant’s son has a plethora of conditions both physically and mentally. 

At Sefton magistrates court, Hayes, from Litherland, Merseyside, was ordered to pay Ms Stevens £500 compensation after she admitted assault. Hayes was also ordered to complete a 12-month community order plus 150 hours of unpaid work and 15 days of rehabilitation activity 

‘The issue was who was going to park in the parking bay.

‘The complainant started it by banging on the defendant’s windscreen. 

‘She got out of her vehicle and came over to the defendant’s vehicle and was banging on the windscreen. 

‘Regrettably the defendant’s human nature kicked in.

‘She also got out of the vehicle and went over to the complainant and raised her arm. 

‘She hit the complainant’s vehicle as if to say, “How do you like it?” and both parties were facing each other. 

‘The complainant tried to strike the defendant but the defendant then grabbed the complainant’s hair and hits her twice around the back of the head.

‘The complainant is then pulled to the floor. 

‘In being pulled to the floor there was a motion by the defendant which is perceived to be a knee and which is accepted as being a kneeing motion. 

‘There were not several kneeing motions as originally claimed.’

He added: ‘My client is not just a lady of good character, she is of positive character, in terms of the care and support she provides to her family.

‘The complainant began the action and continued with the actions but it ended with the defendant’s actions. 

‘If the defendant had stayed in her car, this would not have happened.’

Hayes was also ordered to complete a 12-month community order plus 150 hours of unpaid work and 15 days of rehabilitation activity. 

She will have to pay £215 in costs and victim surcharge.

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