Holidaymakers say they will never return to Isle of Wight after unprovoked attacks

Two holidaymakers — a woman and her daughter — have vowed never to return to Isle of Wight following an unprovoked attack in Sandown this year.  Image: Google Maps <i>(Image: Isle of Wight County Press)</i>
Two holidaymakers — a woman and her daughter — have vowed never to return to Isle of Wight following an unprovoked attack in Sandown this year. Image: Google Maps (Image: Isle of Wight County Press)

A MOTHER and daughter who became the victims of unprovoked attacks while on holiday in Sandown, say they will never come to the Isle of Wight again after the trauma they suffered.

They were attacked by two women - Maddy Allan-Willshire, of High Street, Carisbrooke, and Amber Gagen, of George Street, Ryde.

Both admitted jointly assaulting Sandra Woodford and her daughter, Demi Ruffel, by beating, on April 15, when they appeared before Island magistrates on October 21.

Allan-Willshire also admitted flouting the terms of a probation order, imposed in December last year, for assault and causing criminal damage.

Police were called to Sandown seafront following reports of a fight outside a hotel.

Miss Ruffel was attacked by Allan-Willshire while walking back with a large group of friends to her hotel. The defendant claimed she reacted to a transphobic insult.

When Miss Ruffel denied the comment had been made, violence erupted, said Siobhan Oxley, prosecuting.

Allan-Willshire, 19, pulled Miss Ruffel's hair and it turned into a scuffle. Then Gagen got involved, who was also violent.

In her statement, Miss Ruffel regarded the attack as unprovoked and suffered bruising and cuts, as well as emotional trauma.

Sandra Woodford, in her statement, said she suffered serious damage to her confidence.

"One thing I will never do is go to the Isle of Wight again," she said.

"I know it's a beautiful place, but I can't get past the trauma of what happened."

Gagen, 23, has one previous conviction for assault.

For both women, Oscar Vincent said his clients were victims of homophobic and transphobic comments and reacted angrily, but fully accepted their culpability for what escalated.

Presiding magistrate, Fay Seabourne, told the jobless pair: "These were two very nasty assaults on two holidaymakers.

"They didn't deserve the treatment you dished out."

Allan-Willshire and Gagen were handed a year's probation and ordered to pay Miss Ruffel £150 and Mrs Woodford £75 compensation.

Allan-Willshire's previous probation order was revoked, to make way for the new one, with an order to complete 150 hours' unpaid work and 30 rehabilitation sessions, while Gagen must do 20 sessions.