Nightclub argument led to stiletto attack

Bradford Crown Court

Bradford Crown Court

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A woman who carried out a vicious nightclub attack using a stiletto heel has been ordered to pay her victims compensation.

Bethany Knapton, 20, of Laurel Crescent, Ovenden, appeared before Bradford Crown Court charged with common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH).

The court heard that Knapton was in Bar Rouge in the early hours of January 20 this year, when she entered into a confrontation at the Halifax nightspot.

Duncan Ritchie, prosecuting, told the court that Claire Burtenshaw had been standing with some friends at the club when she happened to laugh at something.

Knapton demanded to know what the other woman was laughing at, before walking up to her and striking her across the face.

She then grabbed the complainant’s hair before dragging her forward and causing some hair to be torn out.

Knapton later entered into another confrontation with Owen Waite.

An altercation ensued and Knapton struck the man with a stiletto heel, leaving him bleeding with injuries including a puncture wound to his left ear.

Defending, Kate Batty asked for the defendant’s age and previous good character to be taken into consideration, explaining that the incident was “out of character” for Knapton.

Judge David Hatton QC branded the attack as “dangerous”, but said he was satisfied that Knapton’s remorse was genuine and that the incident was out of character.

Knapton wept as she was handed a 15-month suspended sentence, 150 hours of unpaid work, 15 days of low level activity and a two-month curfew order.

She was also ordered to pay a total of £500 in compensation.