A 32-year-old woman who stamped on a man’s head with her high heels after he called her ‘as fit as f***’ in the street was cleared today of wounding him with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Michelle Byrne wept tears of relief as a jury of seven women and five men acquitted her of the charge at Gloucester Crown Court after three and a half hours of consideration.
During a three day trial the jury heard that she and companion Christopher Wilkinson, then 27, were walking along Regent street, Cheltenham, while out clubbing on 30th August 2014 when 27 year old Aaron Wanklyn passed them going the other way.
The prosecution said Mr Wanklyn commented to a friend that Byrne was ‘as fit as f***’ or ‘f***ing fit.’
She and Wilkinson followed him as he went down the street and around a corner and Wilkinson then ran after him and launched an attack which ended with both men grappling on the ground.
The prosecution said Byrne could see Wilkinson was getting the worst of the fight so she joined in – stamping on Mr Wanklyn while Wilkinson bit a ‘chunk’ out of his cheek.
Mr Wanklyn needed reconstructive surgery to the cheek and had to have sixty stitches.
Byrne, of Edinburgh Place, Cheltenham, accepted her role in the violence but insisted she had no intent to do Mr Wanklyn serious harm or to help Wilkinson to do so.