A cancer patient has told how a violent woman left her bleeding heavily after attacking her head with a stiletto shoe.
Lisa Percy, 52, who runs the Welcome Tavern in Hennel Lane, Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, had no hair at the time due to aggressive chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.
Weeks earlier she had undergone her first mastectomy as part of her treatment and was recovering from the operation at the time of the vicious assault.
But today the landlady, who is awaiting a second mastectomy as a preventative measure, cried as she revealed she felt sorry for her young attacker.
She said: “She is a young girl. I have children in their 20s too, and now she has a violent conviction all because of having a drink.
“I feel worse because her mother is lovely and was going into shops asking if my attacker had been caught, before she found out it was Natalie.”
Lisa was asked by pub staff to assist after a fight broke out at the pub in January this year.
She said: “ I was sitting upstairs in the pub, the chemotherapy had really wiped me out. I had lost my hair and I felt very ill. I could hear wailing outside. One of my barmen came upstairs and asked for help because a group of people were fighting.
“I managed to sort out the first bit of trouble but suddenly a group of lads ran outside.
“It was snowing, and I was freezing.
“Again we managed to resolve the trouble but when I came back into the pub there were three girls on my right.
“They were making an awful racket and I asked them to quieten down. Natalie Hull swore at me and said ‘Are you the **** who has cancer?’
Onlookers came over to try to defend Lisa.
One of them was Lauren Joyner, 21, from Walton-le-Dale, who used to work in the pub and is friends with Lisa’s son. She told Hull to leave but Hull spat in her face.
She added: “Lauren was mortified because she has never been involved in any violence. The next thing happened in slow motion, I saw her pick a bottle of Budweiser up and hit Lauren over the head. She was bleeding heavily. Then she pulled a stiletto shoe off her friends foot and hit me over the head. There was a lot of blood but I think it looked worse because I was bald.”
Hull, now 20, of Queensway, Bamber Bridge, was sentenced to 140 hours unpaid work, an 18 month community order and ordered to pay her victims £300 each as well as foot a £60 surcharge and £150 costs.
She changed her pleas to the two assaults to guilty at Leyland Magistrates Court in August.
However her victims still have not received any compensation from her.
Lauren told the Evening Post: “I had to have my head glued twice. But what concerned me the most is people locally told us she was a care worker - what kind of person would do that to someone knowing they were poorly with cancer?”
The Percy family took over the pub after Lisa and her husband Shaun lost their jobs in the prison service after being convicted of falsifying records on checks on an inmate who committed suicide at HMP Preston. The day before they were sentenced at Preston Crown Court Lisa received the devastating cancer diagnosis.