Mum left woman scarred for life after glass attack

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A MUM who left another woman scarred for life when she threw a glass in a busy bar has been spared jail.

Amanda Steel, 24, of Hawkesley Road, Hylton Lane Estate, Sunderland, launched the missile towards a group she thought had been throwing drinks at her.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the glass struck Gill Brown, who had been enjoying a night out with her sister and was nothing to do with the other group, on the forehead.

Miss Brown needed stitches to a wound on her face and has been told by medics she will be permanently scarred.

Prosecutor Stuart Michie told the court the attack, in the Life of Riley bar in South Shields, happened shortly after midnight on December 31 last year.

Mr Michie said: “She describes being hit on the forehead and felt a warm sensation.

“She didn’t know what had happened, if she had been punched or hit.

“What had actually happened was a glass had been thrown.”

In a victim impact statement Miss Brown said the incident has knocked her confidence.

She said: “I have been told by the doctor I will be left with a permanent scar.

“I am very self-conscious about this. People are looking at it when we engage in conversation or meet for the first time.”

Steel admitted unlawful wounding.

Tony Hawks, defending, said Steel had good work record until she became a single mum and is sorry for what she did that night.

Mr Hawks said: “She was drinking, people threw drinks at her and she threw a glass in their general direction.

“It was a grossly irresponsible piece of behaviour.”

Judge Brian Forster sentenced Steel to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with supervision and a curfew requirement.

The judge said: “The sentence is suspended primarily because you are responsible for looking after your child. It would clearly badly affect your life and the life of your child if you had to serve a custodial sentence.

“Serving a short sentence would have little benefit and the greatest public interest would be to try and get you back on track.

“Clearly you have many positive qualities.”

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