Three sisters laughed while being spared prison after admitting hitting a man's face in a homophobic tirade.
Single mothers Leanne, 32, Louise, 29 and Samantha Whelan, 33, shouted horrible mistreatment at Peter Taylor after trying to prevent them from confronting two of his family friends.
Pregnant Leanne waved the weapon in his face before she and her sisters gave him a & # 39; queer & # 39; and a & # 39; f **** & # 39; called.
The women, from Wirral, admitted that they behaved threateningly, but were allowed to run free from Liverpool Crown Court despite a catalog of previous offenses, including attacking a police officer.
The judge saved them prison because they imprison & # 39; considerable damage & # 39; would inflict on their children, which range in age between seven months and 13.
Single mothers Leanne, 32 (left), Louise, 29 (center) and Samantha Whelan (right), 33, shouted terrible abuse at Peter Taylor after trying to prevent them from being confronted with two of his family friends. They are depicted smiling outside Liverpool Crown Court
The court heard that children played on the street in Birkenhead on 11 August last year when the line took place.
The hearing was told to Samantha Whelan's paternal grandmother, Deborah McKenna, and her son Thomas Carson had reported her to the social service.
The women had traveled to Mr. Carson's home and became involved in an argument about a family dog with Mrs. McKenna and Mr. Carson Katie Cunningham's girlfriend.
Peter Taylor is a friend of the McKenna family and had to intervene to stop the escalating argument, prosecutors claimed.
The prosecutor accepted that it was a & # 39; accidental encounter & # 39; but the women saw them stepping out of a silver Mercedes and shouted & # 39; come on let's go & # 39; before Leanne Whelan produced the hammer.
Mrs. Cunningham fled into the house, but Mr. Taylor, who was in the back yard and heard shouts, came out to investigate.
Paul Becker continued and said the sisters were yelling at Cunningham and McKenna to come out, but Mr. Taylor said they needed to calm down.
He said: & # 39; Samantha Whelan was offensive and said & # 39; damn, we don't want you. & # 39;
Mr. Becker said Mr. Taylor stood his ground and Leanne waved the hammer, missed his upper body, during & # 39; chaotic scenes & # 39; before giving him a & # 39; queer & # 39; and a & # 39; f **** & # 39; called.
Leanne, from Bidston, who has five previous convictions for 10 offenses, admitted that she was threatening and possessed an attacking weapon.
Her criminal record includes assaulting a police officer, common attacks and attacks that cause physical injury.
Andrew McInnes, who defended Leanne, said she repented, embarrassed and a & # 39; good mother & # 39; was for her children of seven months, three and 13 years old.
McInnes said that both Leanne and her two eldest children had problems, but since then she had avoided the victims and planned to leave Birkenhead.
Louise, from Leasowe, has 12 previous convictions for 19 offenses, including racially aggravated harassment against a supermarket guard.
Anna Duke, who defended Louise, said her client had two daughters, seven and nine, who had ADHD and dyspraxia.
She said a medical report showed that Louise & # 39; very impulsive & # 39; and thinking skills were lacking, but she had signed up for counseling.
The Wirral sisters are shown this week laughing and smoking outside the court
Samantha, from Oxton, has three previous convictions for attacking a police officer, battery, and shoplifting.
Bernice Campbell, who defended Samantha, said she had a 14-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son who was awaiting an assessment for autism.
She said: & # 39; Samantha Whelan was a victim herself and called the police after beating up for her four-year-old child. & # 39;
Mr. Becker described the run-up to the incident and said: & # 39; Leanne Whelan bumped into Mr. Taylor, threatening and generally aggressive. Mr. Taylor was shocked and scared. & # 39;
He explained how the victim withdrew before the sisters finally left, but & # 39; all shouted homophobic comments about Mr. Taylor & # 39 ;.
He said they also threatened Cunningham and shouted & # 39; you get this for your head & # 39 ;.
Taylor said the incident made him depressed, anxious, & # 39; looking over the shoulder & # 39; and had trouble sleeping at night.
The Whelan sisters claimed that the victims lied and told the court that they had alibis before they allowed threatening behavior prior to a possible trial.
Judge Gary Woodhall said that Mr. Taylor was subjected to & # 39; homophobic abuse & # 39; and the sisters' emotions & # 39; got out of hand & # 39 ;.
He said: & It seems that the background to this crime was a fight over a dog or allegations of sexual impropriety and the like.
Wat Whatever it was, it led to a dispute between extended family members and tensions that increased until the day of this crime.
The women of the Wirall admitted that they were threatening themselves, but were allowed to run free from the Liverpool Crown Court for fear of what the prison would mean for their children
& # 39; It is clear that there have been problems for some time. Several complaints were submitted to social services, including the welfare of children.
& # 39; All parties involved – both parties – were warned of their behavior by a housing association. Various accusations to the police were not prosecuted.
& # 39; Whatever the rights and injustices of this dispute, it is clear to me by August 11 last year, you three hated the way things were not investigated or prosecuted, you three hated the way on which the witnesses behaved in this case and you were angry and upset. & # 39;
Judge Woodhall said there was a realistic prospect of rehabilitation and that imprisonment & # 39; considerable damage & # 39; would inflict on their children, and added: & # 39; It's over you now – this dispute must end. & # 39;
He handed Leanne nine months in prison and Louise and Samantha nine weeks in prison, all suspended for 15 months.
The judge gave them home clock every three months, daily from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM, plus 20-day rehabilitation activity requirements.
He has also imposed restrictive five-year orders to protect Mr. Taylor and McKenna.
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