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Woman jailed for nine months for 'glassing' attack

Laganside Court in Belfast

A 24-year-old woman has been jailed for nine months for smashing a glass in another woman's face.

Judge Donna McColgan QC told Shana Wilson that it was recognised such assaults normally called for deterrent custodial sentences which could only be suspended in exceptional circumstances.

The Belfast Crown Court judge said while she accepted Wilson had "exhibited genuine remorse", added however: "Sadly I can find no such exceptional circumstances in this case".

Wilson, from Clareglen in Belfast, herself the victim of a similar attack in 2017, admitted unlawfully and malicious wounding the woman in September 2019.

Judge McColgan also told her had she contested the case and convicted her sentence would have been two and a half years, but she was prepared to reduce it to 18 months given her guilty plea.

In written submission prosecutor David McNeill outlined how following an incident in the ladies toilets of a Belfast nightclub, Wilson followed the victim pushing her forward before she "pushed a glass into her face".

As a result of the injury the woman had to have five stitches to a 1 - 2cm wound under her right eye along with some paper stitches to her forehead.

Judge McColgan said Mr McNeill identified the aggravating features as the use of a weapon following the consumption of a significant amount of alcohol. The judge added victim impact and other reports had made for very distressing reading.

Defence counsel JonPaul Shields in his submissions said that Wilson had a completely clear record and had also expressed and exhibited genuine remorse.

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