Daughter rives mum's hair for turning off Wi-Fi as attack captured on dog-cam

The sickening attack took place after the mum turned the internet off
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Footage captured a teenage girl riving at her mum's hair, biting her and kneeing her in the face for turning off the wifi.

Teen Olivia Dent launched the "sustained" attack on her mum at their Stockton home on the evening of March 24. Teesside Crown Court heard the violence was recorded on a pet-cam set up in the kitchen and taped the mum's screams as her daughter repeatedly shouted "turn it back on" and attacked her.

The 18-year-old was seen riving at her mum's hair while biting her head and arms, all while holding a screwdriver up to her back. The attack lasted 10 minutes and saw the teen restrain her mum and threaten to throw scalding water over her.

The defendant's mum was in her dressing gown shouting "get off my hair" and in desperation could be seen shouting for her neighbour to help and trying to call the police.

Summarising the attack, prosecutor Jenny Haigh said: "She was pulling her hair, biting her head and arms, she kneed her in the face. She held a screw driver to her back and at one point boiled the kettle threatening to burn her mum."

The run up to the incident was not captured on camera but Ms Haigh said she had already threatened her mum with a steak knife prior to the attack. She said when the internet went off as scheduled at 9pm Dent ran down the stairs and was aggressive asking her mum to turn it back on. She said things escalated when her mum refused.

She said: "She launched herself at her mum who was sitting down and put her hands around her mum's throat. Olivia ran into the kitchen grabbed a streak knife and came back to the living room.

"She describes Olivia as red-misted. She had the knife in her hand and was screaming at the top of her voice. She then threw the knife into the hallway. Olivia proceeded in a sustained attack on her mum."

Does not support prosecution

The court heard Dent's mum does not support the prosecution and does not want to "ruin her life". She refused to provide a victim impact statement and said her daughter was diagnosed with autism at eight and believes her mental health has a big impact on her.

In mitigation, her barrister John Nixon said from a very early age the defendant's behaviour was "problematic". He said she was involved with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and has mental health difficulties.

He said: "At the age of 18 she was suddenly discharged from CAMHS and then this very concerning incident happened. It is a very serious incident and she appreciates that. There are interventions and currently there are two separate sets of therapy offered to her. Furthermore additional medication has been prescribed to her."

The court heard Dent's grandparents, aunty, and her father were present in court and are supporting her.

He also said she has been provisionally accepted on a equine science course at Askham Bryan College, in Middlesbrough and is remorseful.

The Rettendon Close defendant has no previous convictions and pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm (AOABH) and threatening a person with an offensive weapon. Judge Timothy Stead handed the defendant a two-year community order requiring her to complete up to 35 days rehabilitation and 120 hours unpaid work. She must also pay a £114 victim surcharge.