‘Tramp’ mom shattered pregnant girlfriend’s eye socket at children’s party

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A mum who went wild at a children’s party, got drunk and assaulted a pregnant friend, has managed to avoid jail time despite breaking her eye socket.

Canterbury Crown Court heard how Rachel Carter, 32, flew over horrified, screaming children to attack Jade Huckstep at a rally in Ramsgate in March last year.

She burst in front of two children, provoking common assault, to attack her victim.

Judge Simon James told her: “You were involved in an argument with your former friend who you knew was in early pregnancy.

“Clearly things turned into a physical altercation with you two mothers exchanging punches.”



Carter’s two-year sentence was suspended to prevent her children from living without their mother

“Outside,” the judge added, “you can both be seen shouting insults at each other, seemingly oblivious to the impact this has had on the children around you.

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“You pushed the kids away so you could continue to continue your assault. You were both drunk and acting like kids – the pictures are amazing and you should hang your heads in shame.

Carter was found guilty after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm and two counts of common assault, which relate to the two children she pushed.

Judge James said he would suspend his two-year sentence as an “act of mercy”, so his own children would not leave without a mum.

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She must also complete a 40-day rehabilitation activity with probation.



Carter, who has a previous assault conviction, appeared visibly distressed at Canterbury Crown Court
Carter, who has a previous assault conviction, appeared visibly distressed at Canterbury Crown Court

At one point in the fight, Carter had Ms Huckstep on the ground, punching and kicking her, the court heard.

A neighbor filmed the altercation through their keyhole as the fight spilled onto the landing and a child tried to stop the violence.

Sarah Ellis, prosecuting, said: ‘Carter pulled Huckstep’s hair trying to get it off.

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“A neighbor tried to separate them – they screamed and screamed for many minutes.

“(It’s) completely unedifying and quite shocking that all of this is happening over the heads of children.”

Footage showed the couple brawling on the landing with the word ‘tramp’ shouted and children can be heard crying.

Ms Huckstep suffered a fractured eye socket, bruising and swelling, the court heard.

Carter, who has a previous assault conviction, appeared visibly distressed in the dock and was supported by friends in the public gallery.

His attorney, Tom Worden, said there was “a significant degree of provocation, there was significant verbal abuse prior to this incident”.

He also said that Carter, from Margate, was working to solve a drinking problem and hoped to train as a barber.

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