Legal secretary attacked by girls who ‘rained fists’ and
wiped pizza in her face slams court for letting thugs go
- Kalee Powell and Precious Gordon attacked their victims ‘like a pack’
- Daniela Holischeck spent the night in A&E after the attack and had to take a fortnight off from work
- Miss Holischeck’s friend Birgit Habersetzer had called them ‘idiots’ after they knocked a pizza out of her hands
- Attackers given community orders and told to pay £300 compensation
By ANTHONY BOND
PUBLISHED: 18:49, 25 May 2012 | UPDATED: 18:54, 25 May 2012
A legal secretary savagely assaulted by a girl gang during the Royal Wedding celebrations today slammed a decision to let her attackers walk free from court.
Daniela Holischeck, 41, was left with a bloodied face after being battered by ‘raining fists’ following a street party to mark Prince William and Kate Middleton’s marriage in April last year.
Kalee Powell, 18, and Precious Gordon, 19, along with a 17-year-old who cannot be named, attacked her and fellow legal secretaryBirgit Habersetzer ’like a pack’ after spending the day boozing.
Gordon admitted affray and assaulting Ms Holischeck and Ms Harbersetzer, while Powell was convicted of affray for her part in the attack on Ms Holischeck after a trial at the Old Bailey.
Both were given community orders and told to pay a total of £300 compensation to their victims.
After the sentencing, Ms Holischeck, who worked for a City law firm, said she had been denied justice and was still haunted by the attack near her home in Kensal Rise.
Ms Holischeck said: ’It’ll probably be a bit of street cleaning for a year and won’t hurt them. But I will remember this for the rest of my life.
‘I’ve decided to move away from the area to the home counties. I’m trying to forget. I haven’t been allowed to do that until now.’
Ms Holischeck, who worked for City law firm Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, was left a bloodied mess and had pizza smeared in her hair during the beating.
She spent the night in A&E after the attack and had to take a fortnight off from work.
Judge Stephen Kramer QC said Ms Holischeck and her flatmate had been caught up in ‘an ugly incident in which mindless, drunken and unlawful violence was used’.
‘It must have been a shock and thoroughly frightening for the two women who were victims,’ he added.
‘I am satisfied what you both did you did that night because you were fuelled by alcohol, having gone to a street party and drunk alcohol celebrating the Royal Wedding.
‘You have each come within a whisker of a custodial sentence. I hope you both appreciate that and these courts will never see you in this sort of position again.’
Walked free: Precious Gordon, left, and Kalee Powell, right, have been given community orders and ordered to pay their victims compensation after admitting their parts in the attack
Ms Holischeck told jurors she felt as if it was ‘raining fists’ during the 10-minute attack in Bathurst Gardens, Kensal Rise, northwest London, on April 30 last year.
She became so desperate she kicked out at a car in an attempt to start its alarm.
‘They managed to grab my hair and pull me to the ground, and started to kick me,’ she said.
‘I could feel pizza being rubbed in my hair – bits of cheese coming down on me. There was so much blood everywhere – my face was full of blood, my hair was full of blood.’
Ms Habersetzer, also a legal secretary, was also attacked while two boys from the group stood watching in Kensal Rise, London, just after midnight.
Miss Habersetzer had brought the pizza as a late night snack and was taking it home.
Prosecutor Helen Guest said: ‘As they passed on the pavement, one of the girls knocked the box out of the hands of Birgit Habersetzer, and then followed that up with a punch to her face.
‘She threatened to call the police, and then a girl came to Daniela Holischeck and started to attack her. She ended up on the floor, and they were kicking and punching her.’
The attack only came to an end when a passing police car pulled up. Powell told officers she was drunk but had been trying to stop the fight.
Ms Holischeck said she spent the night in A&E and had to take two weeks off sick.
‘I had some trapped nerves in my back, and was not able to get out of bed by myself for a week,’ she said.
‘I had friends come to help me get out of bed. I had a nose bleed from punches to the head.’
The two victims – both German – had been celebrating the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton in a local pub but had drunk only fruit juice because they were in training for a charity fun run.
Powell, of Northolt, northwest London, denied affray and common assault on Ms Holischeck and was convicted.
She was given a 12-month community order requiring her to spend a total of 24 hours at a senior attendance centre run by the Probation Service.
She will also be under a nightly 8pm to 8am curfew for three months and will have to pay £100 compensation to Ms Holischeck.
Gordon, of Kensal Rise, admitted affray and common assault on both victims.
She was given a 12-month community order requiring her to spend a total of 27 hours at a senior attendance centre and ordered to pay £100 compensation to each of the victims.