Bride who attacked mum claimed she’d spoke of ‘fantasy infidelity’ with groom

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A bride involved in a mass family brawl at her wedding reception has escaped jail along with the groom and his best man after she attacked her own mother with a stiletto.

Clare Goodbrand, 26, earlier admitted to hitting her mother Cherry-Ann Lindsay on the head with a stiletto shoe at the wedding reception at The Vu in Bathgate.

The big day turned into a mass brawl and involved her husband Eamonn and their best man Kieran, who is Eamonn’s younger brother.

All three appeared for sentence on assault charges at Livingston Sheriff Court in Scotland on Friday (April 29).

Eamonn, 33, and Kieran, 36, both admitted assaulting Ms Lindsay’s boyfriend David Boyd and caused him injury, biting his finger and his ear and gouging his eyes.

Kieran also pleaded guilty to a second charge of punching and kicking DJ Garry Brown to the head and body to his injury as the wedding reception reached a riotous end in the early hours of 24 June 2019.

In court, Mrs Goldbrand’s lawyer spoke about how she claimed her mum told her she was having a “fantasy relationship” with her new husband.

Her lawyer also told the court that her mother’s boyfriend had been “sexually inappropriate towards her”.

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According to the Daily Record, lawyers for each of the Goodbrands blamed the behaviour of Ms Lindsay and Mr Boyd for sparking the brawl.

Depute fiscal Louise Alexander said Mr Boyd and Ms Lindsay had been in a taxi waiting to leave after the reception ended when he got out and walked back towards the venue.

As he returned a few minutes later, she said, Mr Boyd was attacked from behind and repeatedly punched and kicked on the head and body by Kieran and Eamonn Goodbrand.

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Miss Alexander said Ms Lindsay then got out of the taxi and saw her partner lying on the ground with both brothers attacking him.

She went on: “At this point Claire Goodbrand then grabbed Cherry-Ann Lindsay by the hair and repeatedly punched and kicked her causing her to fall backwards onto the ground striking her head on the concrete.

“During the course of this Cherry-Ann Lindsay’s shoe came off which she used to try and fend off Claire Goodbrand.

“Claire Goodbrand has then picked up her shoe and hit her in the front of her face with it.

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“The parties briefly separated before Claire Goodbrand put her arm around her mother’s throat and tried to choke her while she was pulling her hair out with her other hand.”

Luke O’Curry, defending Mrs Goodbrand, said she had expressed “remorse and regret” for what happened at her wedding.

Mr O’Curry told the court: “Her mother made the suggestion to her about a fantasy infidelity between her mother and Mrs Goodbrand’s new husband and Mrs Goodbrand became physical and struck her mother and put her to the ground.

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“It’s quite clear from the CCTV that Claire Goodbrand is pointing at her mother saying ‘Do not get back up’ but her mother does get back up and her shoe comes off.

“The mother then uses her shoe to strike her on the head and Claire Goodbrand takes that same shoe off her and strikes her back. “There can’t be many brides who wish to exchange a holiday in Mexico for an appearance in the dock in blood-streaked hair and her wedding outfit after two days in custody.”

Sheriff Jane Farquharson ordered Mrs Goodbrand to pay £1,000 compensation to her mother by fortnightly instalments of £20.

Eamonn Goodbrand was placed under social work supervision for nine months and ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work.

Kieran Goodbrand was handed 200 hours of unpaid work for the assault on David Boyd and ordered to pay £1000 compensation to Garry Brown.

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