Drunk woman in bar attack
A WOMAN punched another woman in the face in a drunken brawl at a notorious city bar, a court has heard.
Sarah Medcalf (22), of Ashcroft Gardens, Eastfield, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to assault at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
It comes after she was embroiled in a row in the early hours of the morning at Shooters Bar, in New Road, two days before it was permanently shut down.
Magistrates sentenced her to 40 hours’ unpaid community service, ordered her to pay £85 court costs and £15 victim surcharge.
The shop assistant was also ordered to pay the victim £100 compensation for her injuries.
Jackie Kemp, prosecuting, told the court how Medcalf was “extremely drunk” at around 4.30am on May 3 when she claims she saw the 32-year-old victim flirting with her brother-in-law.
She approached her, exchanged words and then Medcalf punched her in the face.
Miss Kemp read out a statement by the victim who was also so intoxicated that she could not remember the incident clearly.
It said she had been changed by the attack and feared she might be “scarred for life” after the defendant’s ring cut her face.
She said: “I have not been out in Peterborough for ten years and I doubt I will be doing so again.
“I hope it doesn’t scar as it would a constant reminder of a night out in Peterborough.”
Jason Stephens, defending, said Medcalf, who lives at home with her parents, had been “mortified” by what she had done and she had immediately held her hands up and admitted what had happened.
He said: “This was completely out of character, she has never been in trouble before and she regrets it deeply.
“The circumstances were that Miss Medcalf had drunk far too much, she is a young girl of only 22.
“She saw two women flirting with her brother-in-law. She took umbrage and confronted them.
“The victim has no recollection of the incident outside and Miss Medcalf remembers arriving at Shooters at 10.45pm but did not remember anything after that.”
While sentencing, the chair- man of the bench Keith Gibson said: “It is quite clear that injury was caused and it was a unprovoked attack.
“We have listened carefully to what has been said and looked at the picture of the injuries you have caused and taken into account your good character up to now.
“However, these are serious injuries and causing harm to someone you do not know because you were drunk is no excuse.”
The assault was one of the last in a string of drink-fuelled violent incidents to blight the nightspot and a contributing factor in Superintendent Paul Fullwood’s decision to use new police powers to apply to close the bar down immediately on May 5.
The troubled night-spot was closed down permanently at a meeting of Peterborough City Council’s licensing committee on May 26.
Cambridgeshire Police’s former Chief Constable Julie Spence originally applied to the council to revoke Shooters Bar’s licence in February after submitting an alarming dossier detailing incidents of drunken violence, anti-social behaviour and allegations that some door staff were involved in assaults.