A SANDOWN woman who drew blood during a violent outburst at a friend's house was told she had come within a hair's breadth of going to prison.

Shanika Bradley, of St John's Road, appeared before Isle of Wight magistrates on Friday (July 29). 

At a previous hearing, the 30-year-old admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and sending communication conveying an indecent or offensive message, on April 18, 2022.

She also admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words/behaviour, with intent to cause fear of or provoke unlawful violence, and common assault, on April 24.

Prosecutor, Liz Miller, told the court the victim had been at a friend's house when Bradley visited on April 18.

She said there was a disagreement, and Bradley pushed the victim in the chest with both hands. 

The victim fell onto a sofa and hurt her back, and when she stood up, Bradley punched her in the face. The punch was described as a jab and split the victim's lip open. 

Bradley grabbed the victim and pushed her head against a bathroom door.

She was later seen screaming and shouting in the street, hurling invective.

Six days later, Bradley approached the victim again at the Old Comical public house in Sandown. 

She started kicking off at the victim again, shouting and swearing, and a barmaid had to lock the door. 

Outside, Bradley continued to shout and swear, and spat in the victim's partner's face. 

Ms Miller said Bradley sent multiple distressing messages to the victim over Facebook afterwards. 

In a statement read out in court, the victim described how she no longer felt safe outside, and was worried about bumping into Bradley. 

She said she was scared she would come to her house and hurt her and her family. 

Oscar Vincent, defending, said Bradley presented as an extremely vulnerable individual who had a traumatic and a highly abusive upbringing.

Bradley's recollection was that the victim made negative comments about her perceived ability as a mother. She accepted this provoked her. 

Mr Vincent said Bradley recognised the triggers for her offending behaviour and had been talking with mental health services. 

Magistrates told Bradley she had come within a hair's breadth of going to prison, and handed her an 18-month community order, to include 25 rehabilitation days.

She was fined £120 with costs of £85 and a £95 surcharge.

Bradley told the bench she was not a violent person.