SISTERS broke a disabled homeless woman's nose and eye socket during a savage attack after one of the pair mocked their victim for being a 'hunchback'.

Katie Thomasson and younger sister Molly Thomasson were jailed for inflicting grievous bodily harm at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday.

As they were sent to prison for the chilling attack in Worcester city centre, one of the women screamed 'I've got kids!' as shrieks and wails erupted from the dock and public gallery, forcing the judge to shout for silence.

Katie Thomasson, aged 24, of Selsey Close, Worcester, and Molly Thomasson, aged 21, of Sheepscombe Drive, Worcester, claimed the victim made an insulting comment about the cot death of Katie Thomasson's child four years before which provoked the attack.

The victim, Jodie Gillett, was in hospital for two days after she was punched and kicked in the face in St Nicholas Street, Worcester.

CCTV footage, played to the court, shows Katie Thomasson with one hand held behind her back as she pretends to hobble along the street, walking in the middle of the road in clear imitation of the gait of a 'hunchback'.

The victim suffers from curvature of the spine and is homeless, the court heard.

Raj Punia, prosecuting, said: “You see the defendant, Katie Thomasson, mimicking a hunchback. It’s plain to see.”

Ms Punia said the victim accepted she swore at Katie and called her 'a slag' but disputed making any reference to a ‘dead baby’ in response to her mockery.

“She says Katie walked back towards her, walked straight up to her, grabbed her hair on the left side of her head before punching her three or four times on the left side of her face around the left eye, causing her to fall to the floor. She describes, while on the floor, that Katie kicks her several times around the head and shoulders” said Ms Punia.

Molly Thomasson then joined the attack, also kicking the victim to the head as Miss Gillett shouted ‘leave me alone, pack it in, please stop!’

However, that did not appear to have any effect said Miss Punia. The CCTV shows a police officer chasing after the two women, part of a group of four or five other people, as they walk hurriedly along St Nicholas Street, away from Subway and McDonald’s.

The officer described finding the victim ‘on the ground, covered in blood’ and said she had suffered ‘significant facial injuries’.

Miss Gillett knew Katie Thomasson, describing her to police as ‘Danny Bird’s missus’.

When arrested both women gave no comment interviews to police. Miss Gillett suffered extensive bruising and swelling to the left side of her face and left eye, a deviation and fracture to her nose and a small fracture to the inner wall of her left eye.

Katie Thomasson had seven previous convictions for seven offences, including assaults. Her sister had no previous convictions.

The attack, at 4.45am on Saturday, March 16 this year, was deemed to be aggravated by the use of a shod foot and because it was a sustained and repeated assault.

Barry Newton, who represented both sisters, said: “I would say their contrition is genuine and their remorse is genuine.”

Mr Newton said the victim had since made a full recovery but accepted that it was the most serious of this type of offence. He said it was out of character for Molly to become violent.

“Because of the alcohol she consumed, because of that trigger, she became violent for the first time in her life” said Mr Newton.

He added that the case had caused the school cleaner, who also serves food at a hospital, anxiety and worry. She wept throughout the hearing, dabbing her eyes with a tissue.

Judge Robert Juckes QC said both women had had the good sense to plead guilty. However, he said the attack had gone on for ‘a considerable time’. “It would have seemed to her like forever” he said.

He told the sisters that the ugliest part of this was that ‘you knew of her disability and you mocked her for it’.

“That performance you put up was so grossly insulting you must have winced to watch it as anyone would” he told Katie Thomasson.

He told Katie that she had 'lost all self-control' and Molly that she had seen the abuse and mockery her sister used.

"Instead of stopping her from going to attack Jodie Gillett, you joined in with her and took part in the assault on her when she was being kicked on the ground.

"That is in my view very serious offending," he told her.

Judge Juckes said, as the Recorder of Worcester, when sentencing he had to bear in mind the effect of yet 'another attack' on the sense of security of the citizens of the city as they go about their business.

He jailed Katie Thomasson for 30 months (two and a half years) and Molly Thomasson for two years.