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Girl gang leader will give birth behind bars after she led vicious street attack on innocent woman

A woman will give birth to her third child while in prison after she and her sister led a vicious attack on an innocent woman.

Emma Daly, 25, who is six and a half months pregnant, and younger sibling Valerie, 21, led an all-girl gang that ambushed Natalie Bell while she was chatting to a friend in Manchester city centre.

During the attack in the early hours of November 20 last year, Miss Bell was punched at least 11 times to the face and lay on the floor defenceless as she received kicks to her body, Manchester Crown Court heard.  

When she tried to crawl away, one of the group pulled her back and rained down more punches into her face.

The victim, who suffered a black eye, cuts and swelling to her right eye, grazing to her nose and bruising to her ribs, later said the women had made her life ‘hell’.

The Daly sisters, from Salford, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, while a third defendant, Valerie’s girlfriend Chelsea Leary, 20, pleaded guilty to assault.

Emma, who is six and a half months pregnant, was jailed for 14 months meaning she will give birth to her third child while behind bars. Her first two children have been removed from her care, the court was told.

Her sister Valerie was also jailed for 14 months, while Leary was given a 12 month jail term, suspended for two years.

Emma Daly (left), Valerie Daly (right) and Chelsea Leary (centre) have been sentenced for a vicious attack on an innocent woman

Emma Daly (pictured), who is six and a half months pregnant, will give birth to her third child while behind bars after leading an assault on an innocent woman in Manchester city centre which saw her jailed for 14 months

Emma Daly (pictured), who is six and a half months pregnant, will give birth to her third child while behind bars after leading an assault on an innocent woman in Manchester city centre which saw her jailed for 14 months

Her sister Valerie (pictured) was also jailed for 14 months after pleading guilty to the assault which happened in Manchester city centre in November last year

Her sister Valerie (pictured) was also jailed for 14 months after pleading guilty to the assault which happened in Manchester city centre in November last year 

Manchester Crown Court heard the vicious assault happened at about 2am on November 20 after Miss Bell had met up with a friend in Market Street, Manchester.

Eleanor Myers, prosecuting, said: ‘The complainant was tipsy but not drunk and whilst speaking to her friend, a punch landed on the back of her head.

‘She was then subject to a physical attack.

‘The victim recognised Emma Daly who she had known for around five years.

‘There were others involved but she was too disorientated to recognise them and was unable to describe what happened.

‘CCTV footage shows Valerie Daly initiating the attack by running over to the victim.

‘Emma Daly then attacks the victim and footage clearly shows the three defendants launching vicious attacks including with their feet.’

The sisters and Leary were arrested but gave no comment during police interview, the court heard.

In a statement to police following the attack, Miss Bell said: ‘I am just grateful that the police arrived when they did.

‘Those women have made my life hell and will not stop. I would not wish this attack on anyone else.’

In mitigation for Emma, defence counsel David Bentley said his client suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

He added: ‘She has shown genuine remorse. She was under the misunderstanding that the complainant had bullied a family member but that, it seems, was incorrect.

‘Thankfully the injuries to the complainant are limited and could have been much worse. 

‘My client was intoxicated at the time and that altered her thinking. She said this was only the second occasion she had met the victim.

‘She has now lost her two children who have now been removed from her care because of alcohol.

‘She is currently six and a half months pregnant and she wants to create a positive lifestyle to keep this child.

‘She says she is teetotal since this offence. She is in a strikingly different position than from what she was when this offence was committed.’

For Valerie, defence lawyer Brendan O’Leary said her guilty plea is ‘accompanied with genuine remorse’ and said she makes no excuses for her behaviour.

He added: ‘She was a young woman with her own personal difficulties.

‘She has anger issues and is someone who has undiagnosed mental health issues. She has stayed out of trouble for a year and her life has stabilised.’

Valerie's girlfriend Chelsea Leary (pictured), 20, pleaded guilty to assault and was given a 12 month jail term, suspended for two years, ordered to complete 15 rehabilitation requirement days, attend a women's 'problem solving court' and abide the terms of a three months 8pm to 7am curfew.

Valerie’s girlfriend Chelsea Leary (pictured), 20, pleaded guilty to assault and was given a 12 month jail term, suspended for two years, ordered to complete 15 rehabilitation requirement days, attend a women’s ‘problem solving court’ and abide the terms of a three months 8pm to 7am curfew.

In sentencing the three woman, judge Recorder Jeremy Lasker called the incident an ‘unprovoked and ferocious attack on another young woman’.

He said: ‘You harboured sort some sort of grudge which led to this assault and it was a completely unprovoked group attack on a defenceless woman involving kicks and punches whilst she was on the floor.

‘The attack was initiated by Valerie who ran up to the victim then began to punch her many times, up to 11 punches to the face. She was on the floor defenceless when you are kicking and punching her.

‘Emma is shown to be stamping on Natalie whilst on the floor and pull her back when she tried to crawl away.

‘At the end of the assault when she is injured, you Emma decided to go back. You straddled her and delivered more punches to her face and then kicked her several times to the body.

‘It really is no exaggeration to say you acted together like a pack of wild animals around their prey.

‘It was a joint attack which was prolonged and persistent.’

Mr Lasker also ordered Leary of Cheetham Hill, Manchester, to complete 15 rehabilitation requirement days, attend a women’s ‘problem solving court’ and abide the terms of a three months 8pm to 7am curfew. 

The court heard the sisters, from the Little Hulton district of Salford, had a history of violence.

In 2018 Valerie and another of her sisters were involved in a racist gang attack on an Afro-Caribbean woman who was walking home from work.

The victim, a hair and make up artist, was subject to a volley of racist abuse including offensive terms and being told to ‘go back to your own country’.

She had clumps of hair ripped out and was left with cuts to her head and face, the court was told.

Emma had 19 offences on her record including assault on police.  


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