Fake bleach attack on woman at party

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A RECKLESS attacker who pretended to throw bleach in a girl’s face has been ordered to change his “inappropriate” behaviour.

Twenty-one-year-old Daniel Parkinson was said to be “upset” when he filled an empty bleach bottle with water and threw it in Shannon Lynch’s face, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court Heard.

The Nissan worker, who was in a long-term relationship at the time of the assault, was angry that Ms Lynch had been repeatedly calling him because her friend wanted a relationship with him.

Just after 11.30pm on January 3, Parkinson, of Windermere Crescent, Houghton, attended a party at his cousin’s home, where the victim was.

He was told the bleach bottle was empty, so filled it and threw it in “a general swilling motion” towards her.

Paul Downey, prosecuting, said: “She felt stinging in her eyes.

“She went home and phoned the police and went to hospital, but didn’t receive any medical treatment.”

In an interview with the probation service, Shannon Lynch said she had suffered stress and psychological impact from the incident.

Chris Wilson, defending, said Parkinson, who pleaded guilty to common assault, was upset and emotional when he assaulted her.

“The action of throwing is deliberate, but the outcome is reckless,” he said.

Chairman of the bench Janet Hutton said Parkinson’s actions were the “highest level” of seriousness. Parkinson was sentenced to an 18-month community order with supervision, and 200 hours of community work.

He was also ordered to pay Shannon Lynch £250 compensation, £85 in court costs and a £60 surcharge.

A restraining order was also put in place to prevent the defendant from contacting the victim.

Janet Hutton, said: “We are awarding compensation to Shannon Lynch. She did not know this was not bleach heading towards her face.”

She added: “You are a young man of 21, your behaviour is largely inappropriate.

“You have really got to work on how you respond aggressively.”