Drighlington woman left 61-year-old with ‘catastrophic’ injuries after vicious attack

Natalie Fleming has been jailed for the assault.
Natalie Fleming has been jailed for the assault.

A woman has been jailed for 15 months after assaulting a 61-year-old leaving her with ‘catastrophic and life changing’ injuries.

Natalie Fleming, 32, assaulted the woman so badly she was hospitalised for a month and is now registered as disabled.

Fleming, of Moorside Road, Drighlington, previously pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm at a hearing last week and was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court yesterday.

The victim, from Newcastle, had been on a night out in Leeds for a hen party with her daughter and other female family members, and was making her way back to their hotel at around 1am.

The group were heading to get a taxi outside Leeds railway station when the victim fell over.

Fleming, who was with her boyfriend at the time, was stood nearby and began to verbally abuse her.

When asked to stop by the victim’s daughter, Fleming attempted to punch her but missed. As the victim got to her feet to attempt to protect her daughter, Fleming punched her and she fell to the floor landing on her shoulder and right side.

Police were called and Fleming had to be restrained and was then subsequently arrested.

The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance where she was diagnosed with having a broken hip and shoulder. She remained in hospital for over a month where she underwent a number of operations.

Detective Sergeant Tom Eastwood said: “The victim is still undergoing treatment for her injuries sustained during this vicious and violent attack. She now walks with a limp and will have to use a crutch for the rest of her life. She also now requires home care and support and has been registered disabled.

“The victim was just out for a fun night out with her family which resulted in injuries which were described by the judge to be ‘catastrophic and life changing’ due to Flemings deplorable actions.”