Doncaster mum’s ‘living hell’ after street attack

Mums Misery after attack Claire Garner, Gage-Lee GArner age 10, Pricie-Lee age 1
Mums Misery after attack Claire Garner, Gage-Lee GArner age 10, Pricie-Lee age 1

A mum of two says her life has become ‘a living hell’ after she suffered serious head injuries in a street attack.

Claire Garner, aged 29, says she is now afraid to leave her own home after she sustained the injury when she was attacked by a neighbour last summer.

Nicola Whiteley was last month sentenced to a 12-month jail term, suspended for a year, and 200 hours of unpaid work after being found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm.

But Claire, who has two young children, said she is struggling to get her life back on track following the incident in Intake last July.

She said: “It has become a living hell. I am scared to go out and I am still suffering with the injuries I suffered that day.

“I don’t feel I can get on with my life properly and I am trapped in my own home.”

Claire was left covered in blood following the assault when 46-year-old Whiteley struck her over the head, knocking her out and leaving her with a broken arm and cuts and bruises.

Sheffield Crown Court was told the attack happened following a feud between families living in the Lonsdale House block of flats on Queensberry Road. The court heard Whiteley also has 15 previous convictions for theft, burglary and assault.

She said: “It has been terrible. I can’t remember much about the attack, just something hitting me at the side of the head and then coming round on the ground.

“I was lucky that someone found me quickly otherwise I think my two kids would be growing up without a mum.”

Claire said she was still receiving treatment for her injuries and added: “I can’t even pick my children up. It hurts.”