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Mourner attacked six guests at Exeter wake, court hears

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: May 12, 2014

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Mr David Bowen, prosecuting, said the wake at the Windsor Castle pub in Heavitree followed the funeral of Selina Nicholas and the most seriously injured victim was her sister Chiquita Owen.

A mourner allegedly attacked six guests at a drunken wake after attending a friend’s funeral in Exeter.

Jacqueline Coltman left the dead woman’s sister with a broken shoulder and lashed out at other family members during the fight outside a pub, a jury was told.

The trouble flared up after a large party at the pub in Heavitree which followed the funeral of Selina Nicholas in December 2012.

There were children at the party, two of whom were among the alleged victims, Exeter Crown Court was told.

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Coltman, aged 42, of West End, Minchinghampton, near Stroud, Gloucestershire, denies causing grievous bodily harm to one guest, actual bodily harm to another and battery against three others.

The jury have been told she has already received a police caution for a sixth assault by battery after admitting pulling another mourner’s hair.

Mr David Bowen, prosecuting, said the wake at the Windsor Castle pub in Heavitree followed the funeral of Selina Nicholas and the most seriously injured victim was her sister Chiquita Owen.

He said:”The defendant went to the funeral wake at which she was drunk and there was pent-up feeling between her and some of the people at the gathering.

“As a result of that she attacked six of them. There were children there but it is fair to say that there was a great deal of drinking taking place among the adults and some of the witnesses and victims were drunk.

“The defendant became more and more unpleasant to a child who was at the wake and to the child’s mother. The child stood up for herself and was punched in the chest fell on the ground where she momentarily lost consciousness.

“Chiquita Owen went outside and saw the child on the floor and asked the defendant what was happening and in response Coltman struck her hard to the face, breaking her glasses.

“She grabbed her hair and she fell to the ground where she landed on top of her as a result of which she suffered a fractured collar bone and other injuries.”

Mr Bowen said Coltman went on to punch other mourners or grab them by the hair before going back into the pub where she hit another mourner.

She was arrested but said she had only pulled one woman’s hair and not carried out any of the other alleged assaults.

The case continues

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