Ballymena Court is told female required stitches to her face after being struck with glass at 18th Birthday party

Ballymena Court

A FEMALE required stitches to her face after being struck with glass at an 18th Birthday party, Ballymena Magistrates Court heard on Thursday.

Victoria Thirtle (18), of Cullybackey Road, Ballymena, was ordered to do 120 hours of Community Service and also ordered to pay £250 compensation to the victim after being sentenced regarding a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The court heard there had been an incident in a garden at a Birthday Party in May last year.

A defence barrister said the defendant accepted she caused the injuries but said it had been a “reckless” action and there had been no clear intention of causing injury to her “friend” and a guilty plea had been on that basis.

The court heard the injured woman received three stitches to her eyebrow.

The defence lawyer said Thirtle had a completely clear record.

He said the defendant had been at an 18th Birthday Party and had been drinking in a garden and after an “argument” there had been responsible for a “slamming” of a glass and glass “bounced up” and struck her friend.

The lawyer said the defendant wished to unreservedly apologise.

District Judge Nigel Broderick noted the clear record and guilty plea and said it had been an “unfortunate” incident.

He said the woman had received a “nasty enough injury” to her eyebrow.

The judge said clearly alcohol had been a main feature and he noted the defendant’s regret and remorse.

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