Welwyn Hatfield Council worker guilty of attack on husband and wife

A TENANCY enforcement officer has pleaded guilty to assaulting a husband and wife in a street attack.

Elaine Whitehead who was sacked from Welwyn Hatfield Council following her arrest for ABH and assault, appeared at St Albans Crown Court on Monday.

Whitehead attacked the council’s street wardens manager Kevin Hornsey and wife Wanda outside her own flat in Barndicott, WGC, on a Sunday night last October.

Both victims were taken by ambulance to the QE2 Hospital with injuries after being found in the street by police following the assault.

The 46-year-old, who was also in charge of the council’s mediation service, appeared before judge Andrew Bright.


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Her basis of plea for the ABH was one of “reckless assault” as she had intended to damage Mr Hornsey’s clothes.

The judge agreed to adjourn sentencing for reports until later this month.

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Whitehead was suspended from Welwyn Hatfield Council in October along with Mr Hornsey while an internal investigation took place.

A council spokeswoman would not comment on individual employees.

However she did state: “Following a thorough disciplinary procedure one member of staff has been dismissed (with no benefit) and another has received a final written warning.”

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