A woman died after being beaten by a female neighbour and her father for puncturing a child’s football when it landed in her garden, a court has heard. Kelly Machin’s body was discovered on the sofa of her semi-detached house in Waldwick Close, Leicester Forest East, on the afternoon of September 5.

The 34-year-old died from injuries she suffered when she was assaulted by her next-door-but-one neighbour, Natalie Bollen, and Bollen’ s father, William Gary Jelly, Leicester Crown Court heard. Bollen and Jelly had stormed into Miss Machin’s house and attacked her after she punctured a football before throwing it back over the fence of their adjacent gardens, the prosecution claimed. Miss Machin’s friend Mr Hinds told the jury Bollen threatened to either “bang her out” or “batter her”.

She suffered five displaced rib fractures that ultimately led to her internally bleeding to death, shortly before she was due to have an operation, the court was told.Bollen, 28, and Jelly, 48, of Thorpe Astley, both deny the manslaughter of Miss Machin. William Harbage QC, prosecuting, said: “She died alone and in pain with significant breathing problems.” The defandants deny the manslaughter.