A mum-of-three accused of deliberately throwing bleach in the face of a neighbour in the street has walked free from court.
Leanne Wilson was accused of throwing a bottle containing the caustic liquid at Jack Bradley after he told people they’d had a one night stand and her boyfriend found out.
It was also claimed that she had repeatedly struck him with a hammer, the Liverpool Echo reports.
But she told a jury at Liverpool Crown Court that the allegations were totally untrue and he had thrown the drinks bottle at her because she had complained about him selling cannabis outside her Southport home.
She said she picked it up and threw it back at him and had not known it contained bleach. She denied striking him with a hammer or at all.
The court heard that he has a caution for possessing cannabis but he denied selling the drug or having been smoking it that day.
The jury today took just 20 minutes to unanimously find her not guilty of three charges involving assaulting him by throwing bleach in his face, having an offensive weapon, a hammer, and assaulting him with it causing actual bodily harm.
Gerald Baxter, prosecuting, alleged that the incident happened after Mrs Wilson got out of her Ford Fiesta while Mr Bradley, who had a broken leg in plaster and was using crutches, was outside a mini-mart shop in Ainsdale, Merseyside at about 7.20 pm on February 7 this year.
She threw a bottle at him and he felt something wet on his face and as he turned away he felt heavy blows on his right shoulder, right wrist and lower back, he alleged.
Mr Bradley, who lives over the road from 33-year-old Mrs Wilson, told the court that he could smell bleach on his clothing and face and “my face was stinging and I was worried about my eyesight".
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He added: “I panicked and turned round and at that moment I realised she had a hammer.”
He further alleged that as he hopped into the nearby chippy she was swinging at him with the weapon.
He also alleged that a few weeks earlier he had slept with her and her boyfriend found out. He said: “I think I told a couple of people and word got around and it caused ill feeling.”
Mrs Wilson strenuously denied all his claims and told how earlier that day she was outside her home watching her ten-year-old son playing football when she saw Mr Bradley. Eh said: “He was blatantly dealing drugs outside my house, he was about five yards away."
She said she confronted him, saying: “Are you for real? Dealing drugs while kids are playing in the front garden in broad daylight?”.
He responded by calling her “a grass” who was new to the area and told her to go in, she said.
She told the court she went inside and could hear him threatening to burn her home down while her children were inside so she decided to visit a friend in Runcorn, put the children in her car, and drove round to the nearby shops for cigarettes on her way.
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