Woman lost tooth in nightclub attack

AN IPSWICH woman who knocked someone's tooth out when she punched her at a nightclub in the town has been spared an immediate prison sentence.Alice Unwin was left needing months of dental treatment after the attack which left her unable to close her mouth properly, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

AN IPSWICH woman who knocked someone's tooth out when she punched her at a nightclub in the town has been spared an immediate prison sentence.

Alice Unwin was left needing months of dental treatment after the attack which left her unable to close her mouth properly, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

On December 15 last year Miss Unwin had gone to the Fire and Ice nightclub in Ipswich with her fiancée and during the evening had left the dance floor to go to the cloakroom, said Nicholas Cotter, prosecuting.

As she did so she was struck in the face by Karen Haynes, causing her mouth to bleed and to lose one of her teeth.

Outside the club Haynes was arrested and spat in a policeman's face.

Mr Cotter said Haynes admitted the assault on Miss Unwin on the basis that someone had grabbed her arm and she had hit out behind her - not seeing if the person she hit was the person who had grabbed her arm.

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He said that in her basis of plea, Haynes said she hadn't intentionally caused Miss Unwin's injuries.

Mr Cotter told the court that Miss Unwin had not been the person who grabbed hold of Haynes' arm.

Haynes, 48, of Hawke Road, Ipswich admitted assaulting Miss Unwin causing her actual bodily harm and assaulting a policeman by spitting at him.

She was given a 38 week prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work in the community.

She was also ordered to attend an aggression replacement training programme, banned from going to Fire and Ice until January next year and ordered to pay £120 compensation to Miss Unwin and £400 prosecution costs.

Jane Oldfield, for Haynes, said her client had gone to Fire and Ice to celebrate her daughter's birthday. She said Haynes had spat at the policeman after he was abusive to her and she had since received an apology from him.