Riding school receptionist, 39, repeatedly punched her sister-in-law in the face outside the stables

An equestrian center receptionist repeatedly punched an instructor outside the stable block after she said she was useless at her job and ‘a joke’

Hayley Dickens said she still has hearing problems six months after her sister-in-law Kirstie Whittington, 39, punched her in the ears, eyes and jaw during the raid on May 21.

Whittington, the mother of two, claimed she acted in self-defense after Mrs Dickens attacked her.

She claimed that Mrs. Dickens had “went out on a diatribe” and told her to “get off me and do my job well.”

But District Judge Julia Newton convicted her at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court for assault that actually caused bodily harm after hearing the evidence.

Ms Dickens, whose mother owns Gillian’s Riding School in Enfield, north London, said there was confusion that day over which horses were assigned to her clients, causing her lessons to be interrupted.

She thought it was “unprofessional” and filed a complaint mentioning Whittington, which led to an argument.

Riding instructor Mrs Dickens said: ‘I came out of the stables of the horses and was confronted by her and she was clearly very upset.

Hayley Dickens said she still has hearing problems six months after the stable side fight

Mother-of-two Kirstie Whittington claimed she acted in self-defense but was convicted

Mother-of-two Kirstie Whittington claimed she acted in self-defense but was convicted

“She then told me that if I ever have something I want to say to her, I should say it to her face. She was at this point, gesturing with her hands, pointing at me quite abruptly and aggressively.

Then she said, ‘Don’t ever do that again’. I then returned and said, “Well, if I’m not happy about something in the workplace, I’m going to report it, you can’t say that to me”.

Then she said something I think offended me – ‘you’re embarrassing’, ‘you’re a joke’ – she was pretty mean. She pulled her fists up and then repeatedly hit me on the head with both fists.

“I had my hands up and pushed her back. She hit me about three times with my right eye, she hit me over my right ear, she hit my left ear and left jaw.

“There were probably five or six strokes that made contact with my head.”

JPs learned that Mrs. Dickens visited two hospitals who told her she had a concussion and that she still has hearing problems in her left ear.

Whittington’s attorney had tried to convince the court that the victim had started the brawl.

Mrs Dickens' mother owns Gillian's Riding School in Enfield, north London, where it happened

Mrs Dickens’ mother owns Gillian’s Riding School in Enfield, north London, where it happened

Attorney Lily Roberts-Phelps said, “You really don’t like Kirstie, do you?”

Mrs. Dickens replied, ‘I am not her biggest fan. I’m not her best friend.’

Whittington had initially denied hitting Mrs Dickens, claiming that the other woman assaulted and injured her.

She told the court: ‘Hayley was in a rant about myself and then said…if I get off my a*** and do my job well, we wouldn’t have these problems with people.

“I said calmly to her, please don’t talk about me like that to other people, don’t bully me in front of other employees, if you have problems people come and talk to me.

‘She turned and said to me, ‘My mother doesn’t even think you can do your job.’

“All she kept saying to me was, ‘It’s you, it’s all your fault, it’s always you.’

“I wanted to run away… because I’d said what to say and she didn’t even give me an answer that warranted my understanding.

Hayley turned and said to me, ‘Don’t run away from me.’ So I turned around and she walked over to me and came face to face so that her nose touched mine and she was talking to me through clenched teeth. I tried to back away and then she grabbed my coat collar and my hair, but pretty hard. I managed to get my hand and my arm through hers and push away from her arm to try and let go of her.’

Whittington agreed that she and Mrs Dickens had “never had a close relationship like some sisters-in-law.”

Whittington, of Theobalds Park Road, Enfield, north London, denied but was convicted of assault in which they actually inflicted bodily harm.

She was released on bail on December 21.

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