A 24-year-old mum who attacked a love rival with a bottle during a confrontation in a Halifax nightclub has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Judge James Goss QC told Harriet Brown that he understood she was ‘’inflamed’’ by Nicola Fletcher’s behaviour but that did not entitle her to attack her as she did at the Acapulco nightspot in January.
Bradford Crown Court heard how the former friends fell out following the complainant’s brief sexual relationship with Brown’s then partner.
Prosecutor Matthew Bean told the court that about a week before the attack, Brown sent threatening text messages to her victim.
He said the complainant had been celebrating a birthday at the club when Brown came up to her and made insulting remarks.
The complainant went downstairs to the dancefloor area, but after she came back up Brown approached her from behind and hit her over the head with an empty drinks bottle.
The court heard that the blows to the head caused the complainant to fall to the floor.
Brown got on top of her and continued the assault.
As a result of the attack the victim suffered a cut to the bridge of her nose.
Brown, of Bankfield View, Boothtown, Halifax, admitted carrying out the attack when she was questioned by police and at an earlier court hearing she pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The court heard that unemployed Brown’s only previous conviction was for a public order offence in 2006.
Barrister Abigail Langford, for Brown, said mercifully the injury suffered by the complainant was not serious.
Judge Goss sentenced Brown to 16 weeks in prison, suspended for a year, and ordered her to do 180 hours unpaid work for the community.
He said the attack had been vicious and sustained resulting in a nasty cut to the victim’s nose.
Brown will also have to pay £105 costs.
“I appreciate that there was a background to it and you were inflamed by her behaviour towards your partner which I understand,” the judge told Brown.
“But of course that doesn’t entitle you to attack her as you did when you saw her in the Acapulco club on January 14.”
The judge said the offence did cross the custody threshold but he had taken account of the background circumstances and Brown’s genuine remorse.