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On trial for wedding violence

swanseaTWO wedding guests from Llandysul are on trial accused of attacking the bridegroom’s sister.

Lindsey Sandra Rose Evans, 28, and her sister Amie Victoria Gutteridge, 32, both of Heol y Bedw, Henllan, Llandysul, have denied assaulting Samantha Robbins causing her grievous bodily harm.

A jury at Swansea Crown Court on Monday (Dec 14) how violence flared at the wedding reception of Miss Robbins’ brother, Ben, held at the Ceridwen centre near Drefach Felindre on September 1, 2012.

Dean Pulling, prosecuting, said the wedding had been a “resounding success” until Evans saw Miss Robbins, then a student nurse, at a dance being held in a tepee style tent.

Evans, he said, claimed that her boyfriend, and now husband, Neil Evans, had had a relationship with Miss Robbins.

“It wasn’t true, but it might explain why, in drink, she became so aggressive towards Miss Robbins,” said Mr Pulling.

Outside the tepee, it was alleged, Gutteridge began pointing her finger at Miss Robbins and Evans swore at her.

Miss Robbins told them they were attending her brother’s wedding and they should have some respect.

Mr Pulling said Evans pushed her to her chest and then hit her in the face. Both women then grabbed her hair and pulled her to the ground.

Miss Robbins fell down a grass bank and Evans followed, still punching her, he added.

Gutteride then kicked Miss Robbins “a number of times” while Evans held her down.

Guests and relatives intervened and the women were separated.

Mr Pulling said Miss Robbins suffered a fractured wrist, cuts, bruising and a damaged tooth, and months later still required surgery to damaged ligaments in her arm.

Mr Pulling said both sides of the dispute made complaints to the police, each blaming the others for the violence, and he told the jury he expected Evans and Gutteridge to claim that had acted in self defence.

“They were not defending themselves,” he added. “Evans was heard to say ‘get off me, I‘m going to kill the bitch.’”

Miss Robbins told the court the attack had been traumatic and she still suffered the effects more than three years later.

Cross examined by defence barristers representing Evans and Gutteridge, she denied having started the violence or that she and her family had “put your heads together to come up with an account of what had happened.”

The trial is expected to end later this week.

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