Woman walks free after pub glassing

The Burlington pub, on Lytham Road, South Shore
The Burlington pub, on Lytham Road, South Shore
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A drunk woman who threw a glass in a Blackpool pub left a man with “shocking” facial injuries, a court heard.

Prosecutors said Jessica Bonney’s victim was left almost completely covered in blood after he was hit in the forehead with the glass in September last year.

Preston Crown Court heard Bonney could not recall the incident in the Burlington pub, on Lytham Road, South Shore – apart from her sister ending up on the floor during an altercation.

The 22-year-old, from Blackpool, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Prosecutors said the victim was the ex-boyfriend of someone in Bonney’s group of friends and he had been out celebrating a friend’s birthday.

The defendant had been out with friends, including her sister.

As the victim was leaving the pub, he was approached by a cousin of the defendant who threw punches at him.

He managed to grab her arms and push her away.

It was then that Jessica Bonney threw a glass at him.

The glass broke and fell downwards on to his face, leaving him with numerous small cuts to the forehead.

The court heard he had been left with some scarring, although he had not sought hospital treatment.

Julie Taylor, defending, said Bonney could not really remember the incident.

She added: “She remembers seeing her sister on the floor during some altercation.

“She accepts it was her who threw the glass. She wrongly perceived that her sister had been struck.

“Twelve months ago she was in a very dark place. She herself has been the victim of domestic violence in the past.”

Bonney was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for a year, with 12 months supervision,

She was also placed on a three month curfew, to operate from 9pm until 6am each night.

Photograph shows ‘shocking’ injuries

The judge in the case, Recorder Mark Ainsworth, said a photograph of the victim’s injuries was “frankly shocking”.

Recorder Ainsworth told Bonney: “His head is almost entirely covered in blood from a number of small cuts.

“There is no justification for this type of violence.

“You had difficulties last year and have made efforts to deal with those problems.

“I think there is hope for the future and my public duty does not require me to send you to prison today.”

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