A WOULD-BE social worker attacked a barmaid in a nightclub.
Mikaela Bell, 24, became involved in an argument with Siobhan Hutchinson in the Glass Spider nightclub in Green Terrace in the city centre.
Miss Hutchinson had finished her shift as a barmaid early at about 1am as the club remained quiet, but chose to stay in her place of work to socialise.
Prosecuting, Stephen Thornton, said: “Towards closing time, at around 4.50am, it was noticeable that one party had fallen asleep on the sofa inside the nightclub. Part of this party was the defendant.”
Miss Hutchinson tried to wake the party and a discussion ensued. Though Bell did not start the argument, she began remonstrating with Miss Hutchinson.
Mr Thornton continued: “As they approached the exit, Mikaela Bell had in her possession a glass containing rosé wine.
“The contents was thrown in the direction of Siobhan Hutchinson. The glass remained in her hand.”
After another verbal altercation, Bell then “swivelled round and threw a punch towards Siobhan Hutchinson”, Mr Thornton said.
Miss Hutchinson was left with a laceration to her face, but has not been permanently scarred.
Mr Thornton explained that she now “wishes to move on with her life”.
Bell, of Aylesford Mews, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to affray at Newcastle Crown Court.
She wept in the dock as her defence barrister, Carl Gumsley, explained that her career in social work could be delayed for up to three years after her conviction.
He said: “She had been due to begin a degree in social work today. However, this conviction could put her back a number of years, possibly three, if not stop that.
“There has been a significant punishment in that respect.”
Noting her remorse and previous good character, Judge Brian Forster ordered Bell to pay her victim £400 compensation, along with £250 court costs.
He told her: “You are someone who shouldn’t be in this court at all.
“You have acted in the most foolish manner on the night in question. You have almost caused the whole world around you to collapse.
“If it was you, you wouldn’t like to have that injury you caused. But I keep fully in mind that this matter is totally out of character.”