Pensioner attacked with baseball bat

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A WOMAN attacked her elderly neighbour with a baseball bat and then handed herself into police two hours later, a court heard.

Donna Smith, 39, of The Street, Great Barton, pleaded guilty to common assault and criminal damage at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on May 6.

Smith knocked on 79-year-old Eric Seeley’s door at 5.40pm on January 2 dressed completely in black, said Emma Howson, prosecuting.

When Mr Seeley answered, Smith hit him with a baseball bat before Mr Seeley pushed her out of the door and slammed it.

Smith then smashed the windows on the door with the bat and ran off, said Ms Howson.

Mr Seeley suffered bruising to his arm and minor cuts on his face.

At 7.46pm the same night, Smith called the police and handed herself in.

Ms Howson said Mr Seeley had lived at the same address for 29 years. He lived alone and had known Smith for 13 years.

Representing Smith, Sally Dale said the defendant had a history of alcohol abuse and that she was drunk at the time of the attack.

She said: “The victim contacted the police but thought his attacker was a man. There is no way it would have come to court if she had not handed herself in.

“The victim’s injuries are very minor for an attack like this, he didn’t have to go to hospital.”

Smith spoke in court only to say she did not know what had made her attack her neighbour.

Smith is due back before Bury magistrates on June 6 for sentencing after a pre-sentence report has been made.