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Glassing: Vicious bar attacker plans to become nurse

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A JUDGE told a carer she would make an “ideal nurse” – as he dealt with her for a vicious glass attack in a bar.

Gemma Cooper was caught on CCTV trying to thrust a glass into Lyndsey Holliday’s face during a night out at the New Tavern in Concord, Washington on New Year’s Day.

The footage shows Cooper’s weapon missed her intended target but caught Miss Holliday’s hand, leaving her with an injury to her finger that needed surgery.

Months after the attack, the victim has not regained full use of her finger and has been left scarred.

Cooper, 24, of St. Andrews Avenue, Washington, admitted assault.

The court heard one of Cooper’s female relatives had been attacked earlier in the night and she wrongly thought Miss Holliday had been involved. Cooper, who currently works as a carer, has gained the qualifications needed to be accepted on a nursing course starting in September.

The court heard her dream of pursuing her career could be thwarted as a result of her conviction.

Mr Recorder Winn told her: “I think you would make an ideal nurse and I hope you are allowed to pursue that career, but that will be for others to determine.”

Cooper was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to pay £250 compensation.

The judge told her: “In a state of complete and utter drunkenness, you did something highly out of character which I am sure you deeply regret and you have to pay the consequences for that.

“The main consequence is your desire to become a nurse, which I think you would be good at, may be thwarted, which is a tragedy.

“You deliberately aimed a blow with a glass in your hand at someone’s 
face.”

The court heard Miss Holliday needed an operation to repair nerve damage to her right index finger and still faces further hospital appointments.

She has been told her finger may never be 100 per cent functional.

Brian Hegarty, defending, said Cooper had only intended to “swill” the other woman with her drink.

 
 
 

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