Club dancer jailed after stiletto attack

Sinead Dewar, dancer from Rathmore Gardens, Layton
Sinead Dewar, dancer from Rathmore Gardens, Layton
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A lap dancer who stamped on a colleague’s face with her six-inch stiletto heel in a fight over a glass of wine wept in the dock as she was locked up.

Sinead Dewar, 25, left her 34-year-old victim in “continual pain” from her injuries after punching her five times in the face before repeatedly kicking and stamping on her as she tried to crawl away.

Preston Crown Court heard Dewar’s colleague suffered a fractured cheekbone and fractured eye socket following the attack in the dancers’ changing area of the club.

Dewar, of Rathmore Gardens, Layton, launched the “sustained attack” on the dancer, who was working her first shift at Room 32 in Preston, confronting her about a glass of wine she claimed was taken from her before she finished drinking it.

The court heard the argument broke out in the customer area of the bar on June 28 last year.

The head dancer stepped in and said they should sort things out away from the customers.

Downstairs in the changing area, Dewar launched the vicious attack with a six-inch pair of cream patent stiletto heels.

Her colleague, who has been forced to leave her job since the attack, now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as nightmares and anxiety attacks.

Jailing Dewar, Judge Niclas Parry said: “You used persistent and repeated violence using a very dangerous form of footwear.

“She asked if you had taken her glass of wine and an argument flared up.

“You punched her in the nose and, having been shaken by that, you punched her again, causing her nose to bleed.

“You threw four or five punches and you gripped her by the neck as you punched her in the face.

“You proceeded to kick and stamp on her several times.

“With the heel, you stamped on her head many, many times. She tried to crawl away and you stamped on the back of her legs.

“You used your foot and for the most part a very large stiletto heel.”

He added: “Her left eye was completely closed up from the abrasions.

“It took four days before she could open it.

“She cried through the night and she was terrified that in the morning her infant son would wake to see the state you had left her in.

“Her son saw her the following day and saw her face which was injured by you.

“Once a bubbly person, she now suffers flashbacks and anxiety attacks.

“She suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and struggles sleeping.”

Sarah Johnston, prosecuting, told the court the attack on the woman, who now has a constant shadow in her left eye, has also impacted upon her family and her social life.

Dewar, who has Asperger syndrome, denied the offence but was convicted by a jury of causing actual bodily harm (ABH) in March this year.

Dewar cried in the dock as she was jailed for 16 months.