Teenager who assaulted woman, 70, remanded for refusing to face judge

Teenager with 50 crimes to her name is locked up by judge after she turned her back on him in the dock during court hearing over attack on a 70-year-old woman

  • Xena Randell, 19, from Walsall, has a string of 49 offences with 13 convictions
  • The teenager was in Warwick Crown Court for pushing a woman, 70, to the floor 
  • Judge Anthony Potter remanded her when she refused to face him in the dock

Xena Randell, 19, has a string of 50 offences and has been remanded in custody 

A furious judge branded a teenager a ‘bully’ and ordered her to be remanded into custody after she turned her back on him in the dock.

Xena Randell, 19, was in court after she shoved a frail 70-year-old woman to the ground after a row at an outside market.

Randell, who has a string of 49 offences with 13 convictions, was arrested and admitted assault when she appeared at Warwick Crown Court on Friday.

Judge Anthony Potter remanded her into custody after she turned away in the dock and refused to face him.

Judge Potter told her: ‘In my judgement you are a bully, and you have relied on other people’s concern as justification for your response to other people in an aggressive manner.

‘I have no doubt that lady was smaller than you, and you intimidated her as much by your presence as by your actions.

‘Pushing with force a woman old enough to be your grandmother is disgraceful.

‘I am far from convinced you don’t deserve a prison sentence now, but it might be worth giving you a chance at a stage when your mother has given you a home.’

Xena Randell, 19, turned her back on  a judge in Warwick Crown Court and was remanded in custody. She has a record of 49 other offences 

At that point Randell turned her back to him and refused to turn back, and Judge Potter told her: ‘I’m not going to read into this any desire by you to do what you say if you are not prepared to turn round and look at me.’

Judge Potter adjourned the case and remanded Randell, of Walsall, West Midlands, into custody.

He said: ‘She has to understand that whatever acts the juvenile court have taken, she’s in the crown court now, and the crown court will not be bullied.’

Randell attacked the woman, who suffers from osteoporosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, at Wellesbourne market, near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warks, last August.

Prosecutor Caroline Harris said the woman, who knew Randell, called the teenager a ‘selfish cow’ after she was late meeting her at the market.

Ms Harris said: ‘The complainant called the defendant a ‘selfish cow’ for being away so long, and the defendant pushed her with some force.

Judge Anthony Potter remanded a teenager in custody and said she cannot ‘bully’ Warwick Crown Court after she turned her back on him during proceedings 

‘It caused her to fall to the ground, landing on her bottom and striking her head.’

Randell’s victim fractured her pelvis in the fall.

When Randell was arrested, she said she had pushed the pensioner out of the way ‘because she was in my space.’

She claimed she was not generally a violent person, ‘but will react violently when threatened.’

The court heard at the time of the attack, Randell was the subject of a suspended sentence for assaulting a police officer.

Turaj Hodge, defending, said: ‘She suffers an inability to cope with stressful situations because of the very difficult upbringing she’s had, and when she perceives she’s under threat, she reacts violently.

‘She felt under threat from the 70-year-old who accepts she called her a selfish cow, and in response Miss Randell pushed her because of a perceived threat.’ 

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