Woman warned of possible jail term over street attack

Joanne Moriarty

Joanne Moriarty

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A WOMAN cleared of murdering homeless man Denis Witney has admitted repeatedly kicking someone in the head as they lay on the ground.

Joanne Moriarty, of Hart Street, Oxford, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court yesterday to carrying out an assault which caused actual bodily harm on March 8, 2012.

The 31-year-old attacked Samantha Hutchinson outside the O’Hanlon House night shelter, in Luther Street, Oxford, after an argument between them escalated and turned violent.

She was facing a trial for attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent, but pleaded guilty to the less serious charge yesterday on what would have been the first day of her trial.

In December 2012, Moriarty was found not guilty of the murder of homeless man Denis Witney, who suffered 26 separate injuries after being attacked in the house where she was staying.

Her then-boyfriend Daniel McCollin and another man, Wayne Cattell, were both convicted of beating the 36-year-old to death and each received 17 years in prison.

Yesterday, Recorder Julian Knowles told the defendant that she was potentially facing a prison sentence.

He said: “This is a case of kicking on the floor and you need to understand that prison is a possibility.

“All options are open and you need to understand that.”

Moriarty was released on bail and will be sentenced on Wednesday, April 9.

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12:25pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Bicester1962 says...

Lock her up and throw away the key, this type of person is not wanted or needed on our streets.
Lock her up and throw away the key, this type of person is not wanted or needed on our streets. Bicester1962
  • Score: 18

12:55pm Thu 20 Mar 14

GRB says...

What a beauty
What a beauty GRB
  • Score: 1

1:54pm Thu 20 Mar 14

BigAlBiker says...

I don't think i would take this person home to "meet my mum".
I don't think i would take this person home to "meet my mum". BigAlBiker
  • Score: 8

1:59pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Bicester1962 says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
I don't think i would take this person home to "meet my mum".
She would more the likely mug her.....
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: I don't think i would take this person home to "meet my mum".[/p][/quote]She would more the likely mug her..... Bicester1962
  • Score: 6

3:06am Fri 21 Mar 14

The New Private Eye says...

Bicester1962 wrote:
Lock her up and throw away the key, this type of person is not wanted or needed on our streets.
Look at where she lives Bicester. Hart Street is in Jericho, so either she is rich or gets about 12K in housing benefit a year. How does a thug like her get to live in the most desirable part of Oxford? I agree lock her up for good, she got away with murder before, once is enough
[quote][p][bold]Bicester1962[/bold] wrote: Lock her up and throw away the key, this type of person is not wanted or needed on our streets.[/p][/quote]Look at where she lives Bicester. Hart Street is in Jericho, so either she is rich or gets about 12K in housing benefit a year. How does a thug like her get to live in the most desirable part of Oxford? I agree lock her up for good, she got away with murder before, once is enough The New Private Eye
  • Score: 8

12:04pm Fri 21 Mar 14

cornflake girl says...

Nice lady....?? can she be called that a lady ??? NOT !!
Obviously very violent and cannot control that, needs punishing a prison sentance should do that a long stretch. Off the streets where she cant hurt or kill someone else !!
Nice lady....?? can she be called that a lady ??? NOT !! Obviously very violent and cannot control that, needs punishing a prison sentance should do that a long stretch. Off the streets where she cant hurt or kill someone else !! cornflake girl
  • Score: 6

5:36pm Fri 28 Mar 14

wilhut says...

i am the victim and hope i get justice
i am the victim and hope i get justice wilhut
  • Score: -1

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