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King’s Lynn man suffered seizure after assault by Gemma Ward on New Year’s Day

A New Year’s Day assault saw a man suffer a seizure in bed after being punched by a woman outside his property.

Gemma Ward, 26, of North Lynn, appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court on Thursday.

She pleaded guilty to assault by beating, and was ordered to pay her victim £200 in compensation – something she voiced her displeasure at.

Gemma Ward appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday
Gemma Ward appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday

Crown prosecutor Stephen Munton told magistrates that Ward’s assault was committed in the early hours of January 1 this year – and was witnessed by a friend of both parties.

Ward and her victim live opposite each other, and were said to have had “problems for a while”. The victim had been drinking alcohol at a flat, but later told officers he was only a “three on a scale of one to ten” when it came to being drunk.

He had not taken his medication for epilepsy, but insisted this had nothing to do with what followed. He said that when he went outside, Ward proceeded to shout at him.

The victim started to walk back to his flat, but heard her approach from behind – and when he turned around, she punched him once to the face.

Mr Munton said the victim immediately began to experience pain and retreated to his bed. Shortly afterwards, he started to have a seizure, and lost control of his bladder.

He did manage to phone the police, with officers attending and seeing that he was transported to hospital. He received a CT scan and was discharged the following morning.

In a statement, he said the assault had left him feeling “upset and embarrassed” – and that his last seizure had taken place in September 2021. He added that his January 1 episode had not been brought on by a lack of medication.

In mitigation, George Sorrell said that Ward gets on well with other residents in the area where she lives.

“She doesn’t drink alcohol. She is a person of good character – the offence was out of character,” he said.

“She has to take her victim as she finds him. Had there been further complications, had he hit his head on the ground or something, she could be facing a much more serious charge.”

Ward was ordered to pay her victim £200 in compensation. However, when exiting the court, she warned magistrates – who were led by John Hare – that she would not do so.

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