High-heel-wielding sisters avoid jail term

Two sisters who attacked customers in a takeaway shop after a boozy night out have narrowly avoided being sent to prison.

Elizabeth Catherine Murphy, 25, of Ravensmede House Flat, Alnwick, and Leona Murphy, 22, of Sycamore Avenue, Alnwick, lashed out at people, using their high heels as weapons.

Their drunken antics, which occurred in the town’s Pizza Royale in the early hours of Sunday, October 19, left their victims with injuries, including cuts and swelling.

Both sisters pleaded guilty to using or threatening unlawful violence towards other people and were each given suspended prison sentences by magistrates in Bedlington last Thursday.

The court heard how the pair, described as having significant psychological and mental-health issues, went into Pizza Royale after a drinking session in Alnwick.

Elizabeth became embroiled in an argument with customers inside the shop and then, as prosecutor Jonathan Moore said, ‘attacked people by throwing punches with her fists and shoes and also kicking them’.

The court heard that Leona stepped in to remove her sister from the shop, but after more words were exchanged, the Murphys went back inside and ‘lashed out at people with high heels in their hands’.

Michelle Lamond, defending, said that the pair could not remember what had happened in the pizza shop.

She said that they had both admitted that it was not a good idea to drink alcohol, especially when they were together.

Miss Lamond told the court that both women had ‘significant personal mitigation’ and they would benefit from a supervision order.