Bottle attack after pub row

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A mum-of-one struck a woman with a bottle during a night out in Halifax.

Megan Kenna, 22, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm when she appeared at Bradford Crown Court.

The court was told the incident had occurred during the early hours of St Valentines Day – February 14 – at Yates’s bar in the town.

The victim suffered a lump on her head and a one centimetre cut which required butterfly stitches.

The court was told that the attack took place after an exchange of words between the complainant and Kenna before things escalated further.

The court heard that Kenna - of Montague Street, Sowerby Bridge - originally denied handling the bottle, but on viewing CCTV evidence of the attack, changed her mind.

Prosecuting, Richard Smith said: “When CCTV footage was played she did accept using the bottle but she did not remember doing so.”
The court was told that the defendant – who has a four-year-old son - had three previous convictions from four offences – including battery.

Mitigating, Louise Azmi said Kenna had relevant personal circumstances that should be considered in terms of sentencing and that the defendant’s father had written to the judge in the case.

Miss Azmi said: “I hope that illustrates the type of background this young woman comes from. She has a supportive family trying to help her through some difficult times.”

Miss Azmi went on to mention that the defendant, now unemployed, was keen to get back into work.

She said: “She’s always worked, and worked hard,” but due to her previous convictions affecting current potential, added: “It puts an end to any hope she has in getting employment.”

The court heard that the defendant receives £130 a fortnight in benefits and – as described by her solicitor - “not a penny in support” from her child’s father.

Kenna was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months. She also must carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and a 30 day activity requirement and was ordered to pay £200 in costs.