The victim says he’s no longer able to shower alone after Tracey Barry attacked him on a Trafford property last year
A bailiff was left unable to walk after a woman pushed him over a wall before threatening her landlord with an axe.
Tracey Barry, 40, attacked a group of bailiffs after they showed up at her Trafford rental property to evict her.
Barry “became aggressive” after answering the door, saying she refused to leave because she had mental health problems.
A court heard during the altercation on September 5 last year, Barry lunged at the bailiff and pushed him over a small garden wall, causing him to fall onto a rock garden.
As he struggled to get to his feet, she began waving an axe at her landlord and two friends that had accompanied him to the property, and was heard shouting “I’m not leaving”.
Police arrived on the scene and arrested Barry as she tried to grab a knife from inside the house. She was later detained under the Mental Health Act, the MEN reports.
When interviewed, Barry blamed the incident on stress.
The victim ruptured a tendon in his left knee, which required an operation and a lengthy hospital stay. He told Manchester Crown Court he hasn’t fully recovered from the assault of more than a year ago and has to rely on crutches.
“I am completely immobile and my wife has to assist me,” he said, the Manchester Evening News reports. “I have lost my dignity as I can no longer shower alone.”
Barry’s community support worker has confirmed the defendant is cooperating with the case. Barry has been hospitalised twice for reasons relating to her mental health, and says she was given no support once released.
Her defence lawyer William Staunton said Barry was acting in panic due to the stress of being evicted, and did not intend to cause the bailiff such serious harm.
Sentencing Judge Tina Landale said Barry’s diagnosis of ‘unstable personality disorder’, as well as her good behaviour since the assault, gave her the view she was capable of rehabilitation.
Barry was sentenced to a 14-month sentence, suspended for two years. She was ordered to complete 60 days of rehabilitation as well as a six-month drug rehab treatment programme.
She has since moved into another property. The reason for her 2018 eviction remains unknown.