Woman, 26, forced to defend herself against boyfriend's mother who grabbed a martial arts weapon during a dispute
A WOMAN was forced to defend herself against her boyfriend’s mother who used a martial arts weapon during a dispute, a court heard.
Gemma Ditchfield, aged 26, of Meerbrook Way, Quedgeley, appeared before magistrates on Wednesday accused of assaulting her boyfriend’s mother, Rachel Price, and his brother, Joshua Carr.
The defendant admitted that during the disturbance at Miss Price’s home in Thatchum Avenue, Kingsway in April last year, she pushed Miss Price who fell to the floor and also hit Mr Carr on his left cheek leaving a red mark.
However, Ditchfield told Stroud magistrates that she was acting in self-defence.
Ditchfield, a mother of two, explained that she went to Miss Price’s home with her father at around 8.20pm because her father had wanted to confront her boyfriend.
The court heard that Miss Price used a Bokken - a martial arts weapon - during the dispute.
Miss Price told the court she used the Bokken to barricade the door in order to stop the defendant and her father from entering the property.
However, Ditchfield claimed that Miss Price went up to her bedroom to retrieve the Bokken and then came at her with the weapon raised above her head.
"My reaction was to push her away from me, which caused Rachel to fall to the floor," said Ditchfield.
Claire Malvern defending said: "Miss Price you armed yourself with a weapon and the defendant and her father felt they were going to be assaulted. In this instance you were the aggressor."
Chair of the Bench, Maggie Mallen, told the defendant that the prosecution witnesses had given differing accounts of events, whereas Ditchfield was quite specific in her account of what happened that night and therefore more credible.
Ditchfield was found not guilty of two counts of assault.