Woman jailed after glassing teenager
AN IPSWICH woman who got drunk after visiting her brother's grave and glassed a teenager in the face has been jailed for 18 months.Claire McLaughlin was seen walking away with a smile on her face after she smashed a pint glass in the 17-year-old girl's face causing a 3.
AN IPSWICH woman who got drunk after visiting her brother's grave and glassed a teenager in the face has been jailed for 18 months.
Claire McLaughlin was seen walking away with a smile on her face after she smashed a pint glass in the 17-year-old girl's face causing a 3.5cm cut, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
Following the attack the girl needed seven stitches in the wound and had been left with a scar on her cheek.
McLaughlin, 21, of Whitehouse Road, Ipswich admitted unlawful wounding.
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David Wilson, prosecuting said the incident happened on May 23 shortly after midnight outside a pub in Norwich Road, Ipswich.
One of McLaughlin's friends had become involved in an argument with the 17-year-old about a boy and McLaughlin had warned the girl off, said Mr Wilson.
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The 17-year-old briefly left the pub but when she returned she was allegedly struck with the glass from behind by McLaughlin.
The force of the blow caused the glass to shatter and a witness described McLaughlin walking away “with a smile on her face as if she was pleased with what she had done”, said Mr Wilson.
Nicholas Cotter for McLaughlin said her brother had died in 2007 and on the day of the glassing incident she had visited his grave and had then got very drunk.
He said the attack wasn't premeditated and she had acted impulsively.
Mr Cotter said his client acknowledged that she had problems with alcohol and anger management and was keen to get help.
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