23/12/2014 05:44 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Mum Ordered To Pay Compensation To Teenagers Who Egged Her House


A mum who shot a gang of teenagers with a BB gun after they threw eggs at her house has been ordered to pay them compensation.

Zoe Edwards, 38, was found guilty of using threatening or abusive words and behaviour with intent to cause fear and two counts of assault after she drove after the gang of up to 15 boys who had attacked her home.

A judge ordered her to pay £75 compensation to two boys she hit with pellets, striking one on the back of the neck and the other on a rucksack he was wearing.

The mum-of-two was also ordered to pay £710 costs and carry out 150 hours unpaid work under a 12-month community order.

Edwards ran out in her pyjamas after the youths threw eggs at her four-bedroom home in Worsley in Manchester, in a bid to bully her son.

The angry mother got into her silver 4x4 and chased them for more than a mile to confront them.

Three of the teenagers told Manchester Magistrates Court that the angry mother sped towards them, before winding down her window to shout and swear.

She then fired some sort of BB gun, which hit one victim on the back and another on his rucksack.

A post was later sent from her Facebook account to one of the boys saying: "You can tell those spineless t***s you hang around with they are pathetic. Revenge is a b***h called Zoe."

However, Lee Bonner, defending, told the court that the idea of the boys receiving compensation was 'distasteful'.

He said: "This is quite clearly an isolated and quite out of character incident.

"The behaviour of the complainants provided a very significant degree of provocation.

"The people in question, young boys as they may be, were in one many respects the authors of their own misfortune.

"They were only there to bully and harass [Edwards'] son. The idea that these boys benefit financially from their own actions is a suggestion I find distasteful."

But District Judge Mark Hadfield told Edwards: "Your actions on that night were wholly disproportionate to what happened to you.

"The young witnesses describe something akin to a BB gun being fired. Fortunately no injuries were caused to either young man.

"Your actions were most ill-advised. You could easily have caused serious injuries, thankfully you did not."

Outside court, Edwards; solicitor Gareth Williams said: "My client is extremely disappointed and distressed by the result of the trial and this sentence."

Edwards now plans to appeal.