‘They were a herd of wild animals on their prey’ – Two sisters jailed after gang attack on vulnerable woman

A gang of girls attacked a lone woman in Manchester city center like a “herd of wild animals”, a judge has said.

Sisters Emma Daly, 25, and Valerie Daly, 21, and Valerie’s then-girlfriend Chelsea Leary, 20, were walking down Market Street when they came across the woman talking to a friend who was sleeping rough in a tent.

As the woman knelt at the opening of the store, Valerie charged at her, hitting her in the back of the head and dragging her back by her hood before the three launched a ‘fierce’ attack on her.

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In CCTV footage played at Manchester Crown Court, Harpurhey’s Valerie repeatedly punched the woman in the face and dragged her to the ground, Emma “stomped on” her head and body, and Leary punched and kicked her once.

The incident that took place around 2 a.m. on November 20 was briefly stopped when the three girls walked away, allowing the woman to walk in the opposite direction.

“As the video shows, Emma Daly can be seen running back to the scene and kicking and punching the woman again as she falls to the ground,” prosecutor Eleanor Myres said.



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Chelsea Leary, Emma Daly and Valerie Daly

“The woman recognized one of the individuals as Emma Daly but was unable to identify the other individuals.

“She described being too disoriented to remember exactly what happened.”

The prosecutor said the three girls were acting as a group, with the Daly sisters playing a “leading role”.

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The woman did not seek medical attention, but was left with cuts, bruises and swelling to her right eye, a blackened left eye, a scratched nose and bruising to her ribs.

In a personal statement from the victim read in court, the woman said: “I am very grateful that the police came when they did, if they hadn’t I don’t know what could have happened.

“These people made my life hell.

“I wouldn’t wish the attack on anyone else.”

Emma Daly, Valerie Daly and Chelsea Leary have since pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

Emma Daly was said to have eight prior convictions, some of which were for assault and resisting arrest; Ella’s sister Valerie Ella had two prior convictions for assault causing actual bodily harm and assaulting a police officer; and Leary had prior convictions for theft.

To mitigate Emma Daly, David Bentley said: “Mrs. Daly was under the misunderstanding; she was given information that the complainant had harassed a member of her family. That was in addition to the alcohol she had consumed.

“That information was incorrect.



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“Fortunately, the injuries were of relatively limited severity. It could have been much worse and Mrs. Daly knows it.

“She suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression stemming from a history of abuse. She was completely intoxicated and this affected her behavior at the time.”

He added that his client is six and a half months pregnant.

To mitigate Valerie Daly, Brendan O’Leary said: “She is a woman with significant personal difficulties. She herself was homeless.

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“She is an adult now and doesn’t appear to have had an opportunity to work with the probation service to try to address the issues.

“The relationship with Chelsea Leary has ended.”

To mitigate Leary, Thomas Worsfold said: “This was unprovoked and unpleasant, and it is serious business. She also had a difficult upbringing.

Recorder Jeremy Lasker added: “She played the smallest role in this, there was a punch and a kick.

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Worsfold said: “I would respectfully agree.

“She described her own behavior as shocking and disgusting behaviour.

“She is really sorry about this.”

In sentencing them, registrar Jeremy Lasker said: “Your victim was a young woman, known to you and clearly someone that at least one of you harbored any grudges or other feelings that led to this assault.

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“She was, at the time of the attack, simply kneeling on Market Street striking up a conversation with an acquaintance of hers who was sleeping rough on the streets.

“It was a completely unprovoked group attack on a defenseless woman.

“It’s really no exaggeration to say that they were acting together like a pack of wild animals around their prey.”

Valerie Daly, of Monsall Road, and Emma Daly, of Heywood Street, were jailed for 14 months.

Leary, of Gratrix Road, Ordsall, was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years, a three-month electronically monitored curfew between 8pm and 7am, 15 days of remedial activity requirements and sessions in Court of Justice. Solving Women’s Problems.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Emma Daly as Emma Leary on one occasion.

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