Mercy for woman in savage bottle attack

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A WOMAN who smashed a beer bottle and used the broken glass to slash another woman’s wrist has been spared jail – but must pay her victim £1,000 in compensation.

Claire Booth slashed Zoe O’Neill’s wrist but then told her: “It was meant for your face.”

Booth, a hotel worker with no previous convictions, was given a suspended prison sentence of 51 weeks with 150 hours of unpaid work when she pleaded guilty at Doncaster Crown Court to wounding.

The 30-year-old was also placed on a four-month night time curfew at her home in Millfield Road, Thorne.

Judge Jacqueline Davies told Booth her good character and references submitted to the court spoke volumes on her behalf, but that she should consider herself very lucky not to be going to prison.

Miss O’Neill was walking with a child and a male friend along Alexandra Street, Thorne, last summer when she was confronted by Booth who was in the front garden of a house where a party was being held, said Neil Coxon, prosecuting.

The defendant had a bottle of lager in her hand and began shouting abuse at the man accompanying Miss O’Neill, whom she knew.

Mr Coxon said Booth turned the bottle upside down, smashed the lower part on the wall, and threatened him.

He told her not to be stupid and ran away when she came after him with the broken bottle.

“Miss O’Neill was about 12ft away when she heard her say, ‘She’s having some now’, and she thought she looked really mad and angry,” said Mr Coxon.

Booth raised her arm and struck the complainant, who used her arms to protect herself. The bottle caused a deep cut to her wrist and she needed surgery to repair damaged tendons and nerves.

After the attack Miss O’Neill said she was scared to walk around Thorne again.

Defence counsel Richard Sheldon said Booth was a woman of impeccable character who had over-reacted because she had been goaded.

“This lady knows her behaviour was appalling. She lost control and has done everything in her power to put things right,” he said.

The judge said it would not serve any useful purpose to lock Booth up when she could work to pay compensation.