A 23-YEAR-OLD model who bit a woman’s leg in a train brawl dramatically sacked the barrister who said she “looked a million dollars” moments before she was sentenced in court.
Eliza Peereboom’s left a stranger permanently scarred and needing three months of Tetanus injections after the vicious attack on the way back from Newbury Racecourse.
Judge Sarah Campbell today dubbed Peereboom’s actions on August 18 last year “animalistic” as she tried to sentence her at Reading Crown Court.
However, proceedings had to be dramatically halted after the model and actress fired her lawyer on the spot.
Defence barrister Thomas Quinton told the court that she was not talking to him after he commented on her appearance during mitigation and that she had requested a different lawyer.
‘SHE WON’T TALK TO ME’
Mr Quinton had been attempting to re-paint a picture of the defendant in mitigation as buying her clothes from Primark and “wearing £2 sunglasses”.
Speaking of the defendant, he told Judge Campbell she “looked a million dollars”.
“She is doing the best she can to feel some value, that has been her focus.”
The court heard that Dutch-born Peereboom currently resided with family friends in Amsterdam, causing difficulties for the Probation Service as she would be required to undertake seven hours of unpaid work a week, meaning Peereboom would have to return to the UK every weekend.
In response, Mr Quinton said: “The defendant’s understanding of an overnight coach to the UK every weekend to do the hours was that she does not need to spend any money other than the £8 coach fare – there seems to be a lack of understanding of the practicalities.”
You are 23 years of age and you were found guilty of assault by beating and causing actual bodily harm while on a busy train, which in my view, was deeply unpleasant and animalistic.
Judge Sarah Campbell
After a pause in proceedings to allow Mr Quinton to take instructions from Peereboom, he re-entered announcing to the court that she was not speaking to him.
“The defendant is very unhappy with what I have said in court so Miss Kate Parker will be defending her from now on.
“The defendant is not talking to me, she is talking directly to the Probation service,” he added.
Judge Campbell said: “I feel I am left with not many options. You are 23 years of age and you were found guilty of assault by beating and causing actual bodily harm while on a busy train, which in my view, was deeply unpleasant and animalistic.
“Your sarcastic demeanour could be seen on the CCTV footage as you pulled a victim’s hair hard and removed it from her head in clumps.
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“What ensued can only be described as a scrum and you lost control of yourself. Miss Marabet was trying to get past you when her leg was bitten causing a permanent scar and needing tetanus jabs.”
The judge added that Peereboom’s previous warning in 2011 for biting a police officer when she was 15 years old and her difficult upbringing, having been put in care at the age of 14, had to be taken into consideration.
She suggested that under the exceptional circumstances she was going to defer sentencing for two months while Peereboom could either find a place to live in the UK to undertake her unpaid work or get herself a job to pay compensation.
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