Glassing victim thought she had been blinded

Corinne Frankland was glassed in the face after she accidentally bumped into a woman in a busy bar in Durham.
Corinne Frankland was glassed in the face after she accidentally bumped into a woman in a busy bar in Durham.
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UGLY scars criss-cross the forehead of the innocent victim of a glass attack.

Corinne Frankland, from Houghton, had the glass smashed in her face after she accidentally bumped into a woman in a busy bar.

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The 44-year-old, a single parent to a 12-year-old boy, rarely gets the chance to go out and had joined a friend to commiserate with her after she lost her partner.

She decided to take her friend out for a few drinks in Durham city centre to cheer her up.

But what should have been an enjoyable evening exploded into bloody violence when Corinne became the victim of the unprovoked attack in the Slug and Lettuce pub.

The sales administrator accidentally knocked into the stranger, but quickly moved out of her way.

The woman flew into a rage and tipped a glass of wine down Corinne’s back.

But when Corinne apologised the woman’s anger only intensified.

“I said I didn’t push her on purpose and that I was sorry but there were a lot of people at the bar.

“But she just started shouting in my face,” she explained. “And I just thought, I’m getting nowhere here, so I went to walk away.”

But as Corinne turned her back, the woman launched a violent assault.

“Suddenly I just saw her coming for me out of the corner of my eye,” she said. “She just started hitting me in the head. At first, I thought she was just punching me.

“All I could feel were these blows to my head and I thought it was her fist, but then I felt a glass break on my forehead. Suddenly, a lot of people were crowding around me and blood was running into my eyes.

“The whole thing felt like it was happening in slow motion.

“I thought she had blinded me.”

The attacker was chucked out the bar by bouncers and Corinne was taken out the back where staff gave her first aid.

“I was panicking. I kept saying: ‘Is it my eyes? Has she got the glass in my eyes?’

“I had cuts all over my forehead and there was lots of blood. She must have hit me about three or four times before the glass broke, but then she just continued to hit me until she was pulled away.”

Corinne still has a scar on her head after the attack, between 11pm and midnight on February 5.

The psychological trauma also remains.

“Everytime I see somebody with blonde hair, I think it’s her. And I just don’t want to go out now.

“People keep saying I am lucky I wasn’t more seriously injured. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s scary that someone would do that for no reason.”

The attacker was slim, with straight shoulder-length blonde hair partly fastened back.

She wore dark trousers or skinny jeans, and a light-coloured long top under a greyish-coloured jacket.

Anyone with information should call Durham Police on 0345 60 60 365 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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