Woman guilty of bottle attack

A 20-year-old woman has been found guilty of hitting a former schoolfriend in the face with a bottle at Liquid Nightclub.Emily Harvey, of Queen Street, Hadleigh, was convicted by an Ipswich Crown Court jury of unlawfully wounding Katy Mellor, 20, who is scarred for life above her right eye.

A 20-year-old woman has been found guilty of hitting a former schoolfriend in the face with a bottle at Liquid Nightclub.

Emily Harvey, of Queen Street, Hadleigh, was convicted by an Ipswich Crown Court jury of unlawfully wounding Katy Mellor, 20, who is scarred for life above her right eye.

Harvey, a former Hadleigh High School pupil, was cleared of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm. She is to be sentenced during the week commencing February 2 after a pre-sentence report is prepared.

Miss Mellor needed stitches in the two to three centimetre long cut on her forehead above her right eye, and grew a fringe to conceal the scar.


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Miss Mellor told the court that on August 15 last year she had gone to the Liquid nightclub in Cardinal Park, Ipswich, with her boyfriend and another couple.

During the evening she had become upset after she saw Harvey "throw herself" at her boyfriend.

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"She wrapped her arms and legs around him and tried to kiss him," claimed Miss Mellor. She said that Harvey had done something similar at another nightspot several weeks earlier.

When it happened again at Liquid, Miss Mellor said she had started crying and had gone to the ladies toilets.

Later in the evening she claimed that Harvey had argued with one of her friends and had raised the bottle she was holding in her hand.

Miss Mellor said that her friend had taken hold of the bottle and tipped the contents on the floor.

"I placed a hand on Emily's shoulder and she turned round and took a bottle out of a man's hand and smashed it on my head."

"It was a very hard blow," she said.

Immediately afterwards she felt liquid on her face and thought it was drink from the broken bottle before realising she was bleeding heavily.

She said she recalled seeing Harvey throw the neck of the broken bottle on the floor.

She told the court that she had known Harvey through Hadleigh High School and because Harvey was a friend of her sister.

The court heard that after her arrest Harvey told police that a member of Miss Mellor's group had grabbed hold of a bottle she was carrying and had tipped the contents over her.

She said that rather than have the contents of another bottle she was holding tipped over her, she had thrown it away and may have hit Miss Mellor with it by accident.

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