A CARE assistant from Farnham has been cleared of assault following an incident at Aldershot bus station.

Samantha Hopkins, of The Chantrys, was alleged to have attacked a 17-year old Farnborough girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Miss Hopkins, 18, was acquitted by Aldershot magistrates last Monday.

Penelope Blake, prosecuting, said that on June 29 last year, the 17-year-old and her boyfriend had spent the evening in the Beehive pub in Aldershot before making their way to the bus station.

When a bus from Farnham pulled in, the boyfriend ran to ask the driver if he was going to Farnborough.

Miss Blake continued: “He turned around to see his girlfriend being hit in the face by another female.

“She then grabbed her hair and banged her head against the railings.”

Miss Blake said that as the girls were being pulled apart, Miss Hopkins bit the girl on the hand.

When police arrived the girl and her boyfriend drove around the town centre to look for Miss Hopkins.

She was spotted in a kebab shop on the High Street and arrested.

She refused legal representation at the police station and said she had retaliated when the other girl shouted at her boyfriend.

She was bailed to return to the station at a later date when she was charged with common assault.

The 17-year-old told the court she only had one bottle of ‘alcopop’ to drink that night.

She said: “A female punched me in the nose and she came forward towards me and got hold of my hair and tried to pull me towards her.

“I managed to put my hands up to my head, but she pushed me towards the railings and banged my head.”

She claimed she had not provoked the attack and was shocked by the incident, which left her with a bloody nose.

Rekha Kodikar, defending, asked the girl: “So Miss Hopkins punches you for no reason, like some deranged woman?”

She replied: “Yes, it must be. I did not say anything to her.”

Miss Hopkins claimed she had been the victim of an unprovoked attack by the girl who had brought the charges against her.

She said her earrings were ripped out and she had scratches on her neck.

After hearing from a number of witnesses the bench, chaired by Debbie Luff, found Miss Hopkins not guilty.