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Jealous women carried out 'shocking' high heel shoe attack on ex-boyfriends' new partners

Ross McGuinness
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Composite picture of (L-R) Chloe Morris & Kelsey Darby.  After being thrown out of a pub for hurling abuse at a love rival, vengeful Chloe Morris waited outside to launch a vicious attack with the heel of her stiletto shoe.  See SWNS story SWMDstilettos.  And when the victim’s friend tried to intervene, she was brutally set on by Morris, using her other stiletto, and accomplice Kelsey Darby, who kneed and kicked her.  But both women have escaped being jailed after a judge expressed his ‘regret’ that, despite being arrested on the night, the police did not charge them until more than a year later.  The two of them pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to wounding the second victim, Jodie Westwood, while Morris also admitted her initial assault on Jessica Earp.  Morris (24) of Leyland Road, Nuneaton, was given a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and to take part in a rehabilitation programme for 30 days.  Darby (24) of Red Deeps, Nuneaton, was sentenced to 20 months suspended for 18 months, with 120 hours of unpaid work.  They were both made subject to electronically-tagged curfews for three months from 7pm to 6am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and ordered to each pay Miss Westwood £200 compensation, and for Morris to pay £100 to Miss Earp.
Chloe Morris, left, and Kelsey Darby attacked two women outside a pub in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. (SWNS)

Two jealous women have been spared jail after carrying out a “shocking” attack involving high heel shoes on their ex-boyfriends’ new partners.

Chloe Morris and Kelsey Darby, both 24, attacked their exes’ new girlfriends outside the Black Swan pub in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, on 7 December 2018.

The pair, both from Nuneaton, admitted wounding and assault when they appeared at Warwick Crown Court on Monday.

They verbally abused Jessica Earp and Jodie Westwood, who were in new relationships with their ex-boyfriends, inside the pub, calling them “tramps” and “slags” before staff intervened.

After being ordered to leave, Morris and Darby waited outside the pub and shouted abuse at the two women through the window.

Chloe Morris.  After being thrown out of a pub for hurling abuse at a love rival, vengeful Chloe Morris waited outside to launch a vicious attack with the heel of her stiletto shoe.  See SWNS story SWMDstilettos.  And when the victim’s friend tried to intervene, she was brutally set on by Morris, using her other stiletto, and accomplice Kelsey Darby, who kneed and kicked her.  But both women have escaped being jailed after a judge expressed his ‘regret’ that, despite being arrested on the night, the police did not charge them until more than a year later.  The two of them pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to wounding the second victim, Jodie Westwood, while Morris also admitted her initial assault on Jessica Earp.  Morris (24) of Leyland Road, Nuneaton, was given a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and to take part in a rehabilitation programme for 30 days.  Darby (24) of Red Deeps, Nuneaton, was sentenced to 20 months suspended for 18 months, with 120 hours of unpaid work.  They were both made subject to electronically-tagged curfews for three months from 7pm to 6am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and ordered to each pay Miss Westwood £200 compensation, and for Morris to pay £100 to Miss Earp.
Chloe Morris removed her shoes to carry out the attack outside a pub in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. (SWNS)

When their victims left the pub at midnight, Morris took off her stiletto heel shoe and used it to hit Earp in the face.

When Westwood tried to intervene, Morris struck her with her other high heel while Darby kneed her and kicked her on the ground.

Morris was given a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work.

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She was also ordered to attend a 30-day rehabilitation programme.

Darby was sentenced to 20 months in prison suspended for 18 months and ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work.

Both women were ordered to wear electronic tags and pay the victims a total of £300.

General view of the Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington Spa.
Chloe Morris and Kelsey Darby were sentenced at Warwick Crown Court on Monday. (PA)

Referring to Morris, Judge Anthony Potter said: “It’s plain she was waiting for these two women to come out.

“The removal of the shoe was a deliberate act. The casualness of it is particularly shocking.

“A stiletto shoe is intended by most women to add an element of sophistication and glamour, but there was nothing remotely glamorous or sophisticated in the way you conducted yourselves outside the Black Swan.”

Addressing Morris, the judge said: “You removed your stiletto shoe and had it in your hand ready for a confrontation.

“You did it in a casual manner which was quite chilling.

“Anyone who thinks for a moment recognises that that heel has the capacity, when directed at someone’s head, to severely injure them.

“If that heel had gone into someone’s eye, it would have blinded them.”

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The court heard the victims suffered multiple “puncture wounds” to their head and face in the “horrendous attack”.

Stuart Clarkson, prosecuting, said: “Morris attacked Jessica Earp and struck her with the stiletto shoe, using the heel to strike at her head and face.

Kelsey Darby.  After being thrown out of a pub for hurling abuse at a love rival, vengeful Chloe Morris waited outside to launch a vicious attack with the heel of her stiletto shoe.  See SWNS story SWMDstilettos.  And when the victim’s friend tried to intervene, she was brutally set on by Morris, using her other stiletto, and accomplice Kelsey Darby, who kneed and kicked her.  But both women have escaped being jailed after a judge expressed his ‘regret’ that, despite being arrested on the night, the police did not charge them until more than a year later.  The two of them pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to wounding the second victim, Jodie Westwood, while Morris also admitted her initial assault on Jessica Earp.  Morris (24) of Leyland Road, Nuneaton, was given a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and to take part in a rehabilitation programme for 30 days.  Darby (24) of Red Deeps, Nuneaton, was sentenced to 20 months suspended for 18 months, with 120 hours of unpaid work.  They were both made subject to electronically-tagged curfews for three months from 7pm to 6am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and ordered to each pay Miss Westwood £200 compensation, and for Morris to pay £100 to Miss Earp.
Kelsey Darby kneed and kicked a woman in an attack outside a pub in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. (SWNS)

“She struck her a number of times, then pushed and punched her, causing her to fall to the floor where the attack continued.

“Miss Westwood had seen her friend being attacked and went to help her and pulled Morris away, and both defendants then turned their attention to her.

“Darby grabbed her arms and pulled her down to the ground by her hair and Morris began her attack using her other stiletto, hitting her four times to the head with the heel.”

Andrew Tucker, defending Darby, said she was “not deliberately lying in wait,” but admitted she had “become involved quite enthusiastically”.

Rachel Pennington, defending Morris, said CCTV footage of the attack “makes difficult watching”, but said there was “a wholly different side to her nature”.

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