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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 November 2005, 13:49 GMT
Tag 'too bulky' for bail woman
A teenager has successfully challenged a court bid forcing her to wear an electronic ankle tag as she said it would not look right with a skirt.

Natasha Hughes of Arboretum, Worcester, was described in court as a woman who liked to dress in a feminine way.

Worcester Magistrates' Court heard she should wear a tag for breaching the terms of her bail curfew.

Ms Hughes, 18, said: "I didn't want to wear a tag because they are really bulky and embarrassing."

'It looks stupid'

She is on bail accused of assaulting another woman causing grievous bodily harm.

On Tuesday, she admitted breaching the terms of her bail curfew, which states she must answer her front door to police whenever they call.

The court heard Hughes did not answer the door at 0235 GMT on 1 November, claiming she was asleep at the time.

She added: "I like to wear skirts which means people can see it and it looks stupid. I am pleased at the decision and am glad I don't have to be tagged."

'Dress sense'

Prosecutor Douglas Marshall said Hughes should be forced to wear a tag to prove in future she was at home when she said she was.

But David Taylor, defending, said this was not necessary and would interfere with his client's dress sense.

He said: "She wants to wear skirts, not trousers, which would cover the tag.

"Perhaps she could arrange for a doorbell that could be linked to her bedroom."

Hughes is due to enter a plea to a charge of grievous bodily harm at Worcester Crown Court on 5 December.

Her bail conditions which ban her from the St John's area of Worcester, mean she must stay at her home between 2100 and 0700 GMT and that she must not enter the YMCA in Henwick Road in the city.


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