Attacker put behind bars

Jennifer Campbell

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A woman who slashed two people in the street with a knife has been jailed for four years.

Jennifer Campbell cut another woman on the head after leaving a town centre nightclub.

She went on to be followed down the street by a man who she ended up slashing to the face during an altercation, causing a cheek wound that needed 12 stitches.

The judge who imposed the jail term at Preston Crown Court told Campbell what took place could not be excused.

The 24-year-old, of Wensleydale Avenue, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to offences of wounding with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and having a bladed article.

CCTV street footage showing the attack on the man was played in court.

Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said the offences arose in the early hours of February 10. All those involved had been to the Kaos nightclub.

Campbell had been seen dancing quite closely in the club, to a woman. The defendant displayed an “aggressively erotic” style of dancing, the court was told.

The prosecution said the defendant was something of a “social butterfly”, going round the club. Later, Campbell approached the woman outside the club and punched her to the head. The prosecution suggested this was a random attack.

A man had by this time left the club and he saw a crowd gathered in the Queen Street and Dickson Road area.

He pursued Campbell following the earlier incident and she lashed out. This resulted in him being treated at hospital for a 5cm wound to his left cheek.

Defence barrister Rosalind Emsley-Smith said earlier that night, inside the club, her client had been mistakenly directed to the men’s toilets and she was assaulted there.

It was not suggested the injured man was in any way responsible for that, but the experience caused her a certain amount of fear.

When he later followed her outside, she became fearful.

Miss Emsley-Smith said: “She didn’t go out that evening with the weapon. Someone else had it and she took possession of it late on.”

It was also suggested the injured woman and a friend had attacked Campbell and her friend.

“It was the defendant’s first real night out in three years,”she added.

Judge, Recorder Marc Willems, accepted Campbell had not gone out that night intending to use the knife and in fact, had not gone out with it.

Although she may have felt fear, her reaction had been far and above what could ever be excused, he said.