A British woman has been found guilty of beating three Jehovah’s Witnesses with a hammer when they knocked on her door to talk about the bible.
During the attack, 44-year-old Kerry Mitchell allegedly struck one victim in the face with the implement, and another on the shoulder, after they knocked on the door of her home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK, according to a KentLive report.
Mitchell appeared at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Prosecutor James Nichols described what Mitchell allegedly did to two of her victims.
“One was hit in the face and another caught on the shoulder,” he said.
According to KentLive, Mitchell, of Lott Close in Southborough, UK, pleaded guilty to assault by beating, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, and racially or religiously aggravated harassment.
The woman was also charged with using “threatening or abusive words and behavior likely to cause harassment, alarm, or distress,” though this allegation was dismissed when Mitchell admitted to the “racially or religiously aggravated” harassment charge.
Due to the severity of the crime, both the woman’s defense team and the prosecution were in agreement her sentencing should take place at a crown court.
Chairman Hissey said, “The bench considers this to be unsuitable for magistrates and therefore we are sending it to crown court.”
Mitchell was subsequently released on unconditional bail.
The woman must now appear at a crown court at an as yet undetermined date for sentencing.