Woman scarred after Sunderland city centre attack

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A STUDENT has been left with a distorted smile after she was kicked in the face by a woman during a night out.

The victim has a significant scar running from her lip to chin which may need plastic surgery and could be there for the rest of her life.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the injury pulls her lip out of shape, particularly when she smiles and has left her feeling self-conscious about her looks and with a tendency to cover her face when she speaks to people.

Her attacker Stephanie Wright, admitted unlawful wounding and has been given a suspended prison sentence.

The 21-year-old had lashed out with her foot after pushing her victim to the ground when trouble flared outside Rush club in Sunderland city centre last July.

The court heard the women, who knew each other, had previous bad feeling between them and had had fallen out on Facebook before the attack.

The pair had seemed to get on well initially during the chance meeting on their separate nights out.

Witnesses are unclear whether Wright kicked or stamped on her victim after pushing her to the ground.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling told the court: “The defendant either kicked or stamped – the witness statements are split on that point – but certainly she hit her in the face with her shod foot.”

The court heard the victim still has prominent scarring.

Miss Dowling said: “Doctors have advised her some improvement could be achieved with plastic surgery.

“She does still have a scar and also has some pulling of her lip. It pulls out of shape, particularly when she smiles.

“The doctor has said if this is due to nerve injury, which is still unclear, she is unlikely to ever recover.”

Judge Richard Lowden sentenced Wright, of Henley Road, Sunderland, to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision for two years and a night-time curfew.

The judge said: “She may suffer permanent disfigurement or need plastic surgery in future.

“This is a serious case and would normally attract a custodial sentence.”

The judge said Wright has no previous convictions, was remorseful immediately and is the sole carer for her little boy who has health problems.

Jamie Adams, defending, said Wright lashed out because she had been called a “bad mam”.

Wright told police in interview: “I didn’t mean to hurt her. I’ve never hurt anyone in my life. I’m not that type of person. I’m so sorry.”

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