Nan, 39, puts head in hands as she's jailed for glassing woman in Wetherspoons

Kelly Lane
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A nan put her head in her hands as she was jailed for glassing a woman in Wetherspoons.

Kelly Lane "lost control" and attacked her innocent victim after drunkenly picking a fight with her during a night in the pub. She was said to have been spared "potentially horrendous injuries" only by her spectacles.

Liverpool Crown Court heard this afternoon, Friday, that the 39-year-old and Nicola Radford had been seated at separate tables in the Nine Arches, a JD Wetherspoon pub in Newton-le-Willows, at around 10.30pm on October 1 last year. But Lane, of Lloyd Crescent in the town, began making unsavoury comments about her fellow customer, remarking: "Look at the state of her."

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Sarah Gruffydd, prosecuting, described how an altercation then ensued and the defendant thrust a glass into the complainant's face. Ms Radford required overnight hospital treatment as a result of the incident, having suffered cuts to the face, lip and inside of the mouth and bruising.

Lane has three previous convictions for four offences, including battery in 2006 and 2013. Stella Hayden, defending, told the court that her client had been employed by a hygiene company for several years and added: "To some extent, the loss of her control that evening can be seen as out of character and does bely the hard working, family orientated individual that she ordinarily is."

The nan admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and a count of criminal damage in relation to Ms Radford's glasses. Lane appeared stunned and put her head in her hands in the dock as she was handed an immediate imprisonment of one year and a seven-year restraining order.

Sentencing, Judge Ian Harris said: "Fortunately, Nicola Radford was wearing spectacles. It is clear that they protected her face from potentially horrendous injury.

"You accepted full responsibility for your offending. Probation officers believe that your excessive alcohol use inhibited you.

"You have a pattern a violence when you are intoxicated. You are in long term employment and you have two grown up children and grandchildren.

"It is accepted, realistically, that the only matter I have to consider is whether I can suspend the prison sentence or not. I regret to tell you that I cannot suspend the prison sentence in this case.

"You lost your control under the influence of alcohol. You are remorseful and ashamed and recognise how dangerous your actions were, and how fortunate your victim is that she did not receive more serious injuries.

"Nicola Radford did nothing wrong, yet she has been affected physically and psychologically. It has had a significant impact on her.

"To thrust a glass into someone's face and cause injuries can only result in immediate imprisonment."

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