A SOUTHAMPTON woman who flouted a restraining order and repeatedly assaulted her mother in her own home has been sent to a secure hospital.

On one occasion Nawong Murray and a friend were so worried about their own safety that they fled the house and sat outside in a car.

Lisa Murray, who had a key to the property, continued to visit her mother despite being ordered to stay away from her.

Southampton Crown Court heard that the defendant repeatedly ignored a restraining order imposed for earlier offences by arriving at the Bridge Road property where Mrs Murray lived and also ran a passage parlour.

On May 30 Murray walked into her mother's bedroom and started scratching her face, leaving visible marks, he said.

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On June 1 she entered the room again and leaned over her mother's friend, Christopher Smith. She struck her on the head, causing her to feel dizzy, before assaulting Mr Smith by giving him a backhander that caused his glasses to fall off.

Mr Waller added: "Mrs Murray feared for her safety. She and Mr Smith left the house and sat in a car to get away from the defendant.

"Mum does not want daughter there but is scared to throw daughter out," he said.

Mr Waller told the court that Lisa Murray had a "very long and persistent" history of offending, which included convictions for harassment, criminal damage and assaulting an emergency worker.

Murray, 26, of Kent Street, Southampton, admitted three offences of assault and three of breaching a restraining order imposed for earlier offences against her mother.

The judge, Nicholas Rowland, sentenced the defendant after studying psychiatric reports.

He told her: "Your mother has been trying to help you but the sort of help you need must come from the experts.

"There's a cycle here that needs to be broken - and that can only be done by imposing a hospital order."

Judge Rowland also extended the restraining order by two years, which means it will now remain in force until January 2023.