Woman punched dancer on the nightclub stage

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall

A WOMAN who attacked another girl on the stage of a nightclub will carry out community service.

Melissa Garling, 23, admitted assaulting Lauren Davidson to the floor in Chicago’s, Wards End, Halifax, on April 28 this year.

The two woman had been dancing near each other on the stage in the nightclub when Garling, of Gooder Lane, Rastrick, turned and punched her victim in side of her head.

Bradford Crown Court heard how Miss Davidson put her hands up to defend herself but Garling continued punching her until she fell to the floor.

Garling then began stamping on her legs and the two women began kicking each other.

Paramedics were called to treat Miss Davidson and she was taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The court heard that she had to have glass removed from cuts to her face that were sustained as she was on the floor.

She eventually needed stitches to her nose and left eye.

A victim impact statement from Miss Davidson was read out in court - she said she is now too afraid to go out in town and still suffers from back pain as a result of the attack.

When questioned by police Garling said it was just a bit of a fight and was “nowt serious”.

She said she Miss Davidson got beer in her eye which led to the inital confrontation and Miss Davidson threw the first punch.

In mitigation, the court heard that at the time of the attack Garling was “full of grief for the loss of a very good friend”.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said: “It is bewildering why someone of your standing or capacity should have flipped with such consequences.

“Miss Davidson suffered some nasty injuries which may lead to plastic surgery for the scars to her forehead.”

Garling was sentenced to a community order with a 12-month supervision requirement. She will carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,000 compensation.