Teenage girl’s GBH at pub left man in agony

A teenage girl has been ordered to do 150 hours’ unpaid work after a scuffle outside an Elland pub left a 48-year-old man with a broken hip.

Chelsea Jessop, 19, of Brydon Close, Hove Edge, Brighouse, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on Steven Saxby outside the Pressers Arms in November last year.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Mr Saxby banged his left hip on the kerb after becoming involved in a struggle with Jessop during the early hours.

Prosecutor Giles Bridge said Mr Saxby quickly realised he was in a lot of pain from the injury to his left hip.

“He thought he blacked out and when he attempted to stand he couldn’t,” said Mr Bridge.

In hospital Mr Saxby had an operation on a fracture to his left femur and was kept in for four days.

Mr Bridge said the complainant couldn’t put weight on his hip for six weeks and ended up losing out on months of work as an engineer.

When Jessop was arrested she said there had been an argument and a struggle during which they had both gone to the ground.


Barrister Camille Morland, for Jessop, said she deeply regretted her behaviour that night and hadn’t caused any trouble since.

“She fully understands the serious nature of the offence and wishes to apologise for her behaviour,” added Miss Morland.

Recorder Graham Hyland QC said he would have considered jailing Jessop had she been older, but he decided to make her the subject of a 12-month community order with 150 hours of unpaid work.