BRIDE ‘LEFT BATTERED BY JEREMY KYLE GUEST’
A BRIDE-to-be was ‘disfigured’ at her engagement party when a woman who had once appeared on deliberately smashed a glass into her face, a jury was told.
It should have been one of the happiest days in Lucy Steers’ life but Jennifer Eckley’s attack on her made it one of the worst, a court heard.
It was suggested during the trial that Eckley’s past appearance on The Jeremy Kyle Show was the trigger which led to the alleged attack.
The defence suggested that Ms Steers had been ‘taunting’ Eckley about her appearance on the controversial show and the violence then broke out.
Details of why Eckley appeared on Jeremy Kyle were not given to the jury.
Gloucester Crown Court heard Ms Steers suffered a broken nose, a ‘gaping’ inch-long wound on the bridge of her nose and two other cuts – one to the side of the nose and one to the eye.
Just before glassing Ms Steers, Eckley told her, “I suppose you think you’re f***ing pretty. Well you won’t be now”.
Child-minder Eckley, 27, of Newent, Glos denies wounding Lucy Steers with intent to cause her grievous bodily harm on the night of December 1 last year at the town’s George Hotel.
She also denies assaulting another woman guest, Kate Ta y l o r, by a beating.
But he jury was told that she has, however, admitted a less serious assault on Ms Steers and a charge of assault on Kate Taylor’s sister, Nicola Taylor.
Prosecutor Julian Kesner told the jury that the assaults on the Taylor sisters happened between about 10.3010.45pm that night. He said that what sparked the attack was Nicola Taylor bad-mouthing Eckley’s boyfriend Mark Beacham.
Nicola Taylor had gone out with Mr Beacham before Eckley became his girlfriend.
He said: “She left the most serious assault till last. Glass in hand she hit and disfigured Lucy Steers.
“Rather than being one of the happiest days of Lucy Steers’ life, it turned out to be one of the worst.”
Lucy had thrown the party at the George with her fiance Craig Mortimer as her father was a manager at the hotel, said Mr Kesner.
He told the jury the first assault was when Nicola Taylor was in an alleyway and Eckley approached her and said she was fed up with what she was saying about her bloke.
“She grabbed Nicola Taylor’s hair and banged her head against a wall,” he said.
He said Eckley was pulled away but an hour later she approached Ms Steers in the bar and was ‘having a go at her’.
Eckley was arrested about an hour after the glassing and made no comment, except to say to a policeman, “No-one is going to want me to look after their kids now that I have glassed someone in the face.”
Yet in her defence statement Eckley has denied saying that to the officer, denied she had a glass in her hand and disputed that Lucy’s injuries were caused by a glass, the court heard.
In evidence, blonde Ms Steers – whose Vshaped scar on her nose is still clearly visible – said she could remember nothing of the attack.
In cross-examination she denied discussing Eckley’s appearance on the Jeremy Kyle Show.
In evidence Ms Steers’ father, Geoffrey – who had earlier had words with her – told the jury he thought Eckley was not drunk but had ‘taken something’.
The trial continues.
talking Richard Mullender has lives in his hands on a daily basis and has even negotiated with the Taliban!
As one of the country’s top hostage negotiators Richard has seen it all on the front line including trying to sort releases in Afghanistan.
Talking about the hit film Rebellion, which was released on DVD this Monday, Richard was keen to highlight the problems faced by hostage negotiators on a daily basis.
The film sees a flashback to 1988 where a group of 30 policemen had been kidnapped by separatists from the French controlled colony in New Caledonia.
Tasked with rescuing the hostages a group of specialist negotiators and soldiers were sent to the Melanesian Island, where Captain Philippe Legorjus tried to find a peaceful resolution...before bullets start flying.
Speaking of his own experiences, 62-year-old Richard has opened up to the Midweek Sport about what it takes to be a successful negotiator and the troubles you face every time you’re sent out on a mission including the pain you feel when they don’t work out.
The hostage specialist said there were times where “from the outset you kind of knew it wasn’t going to work out well, those situations are much more tough.”
Having started his career as a Criminal Investigations Department he became a trainer at the Scotland Yard Crime Academy in 1994 and during his time there helped to develop courses to train people tasked with investigating major crimes.
In 2002 he was given the nod to step up once again and was appointed to the Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Unit at Scotland Yard.
In the following years he arranged the release of hostages from warzones in Afghanistan and was tasked with talking down suicidal people on the brink of ending their lives.
CLASH: ‘Victim’ Lucy Steers ( and