Drunk woman in bar at­tack

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

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.

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