Woman who glassed man avoids jail

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

A woman who left a man aged in his 60s need­ing seven in­ter­nal stitches and 12 sta­ples for a 2.5-inch head wound nar­rowly avoided jail. Alice Smith, 26, of Flat A, 37 Al­byn Av­enue, Camp­bel­town, pleaded guilty at a pre­vi­ous court ap­pear­ance to as­sault­ing the man by strik­ing him in the head with a glass to his se­vere in­jury on March 29. Smith had been drink­ing ‘vast quan­ti­ties of al­co­hol’ with the man and an­other friend in his home when she be­came ag­gres­sive and was asked to leave. She picked up a glass tum­bler and struck him on the head with it, after which he lost con­scious­ness. Smith phoned 999 and told po­lice that she as­saulted the man be­cause he threat­ened her with a knife. He was taken to hos­pi­tal where he re­ceived treat­ment. At the re­cent sen­tenc­ing hear­ing, Smith’s de­fence agent, Chris­tian Kane, said: ‘If the court gives her an­other chance, she will com­ply. ‘She is still rel­a­tively im­ma­ture, she lacks in­stinct – she clearly has prob­lems deal­ing with her is­sues, go­ing from calm and quiet to shout­ing and bawl­ing, then back to calm and quiet in sec­onds.’ Ad­dress­ing Smith, Sher­iff Pa­trick Hughes said: ‘In the space of a year, you have been in court three times for vi­o­lence or threats of vi­o­lence. ‘This court has to pro­tect the peo­ple of Camp­bel­town, ei­ther by putting you to prison or re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing you in the com­mu­nity. ‘Hav­ing been granted bail on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, you are still fail­ing to com­ply with the com­mu­nity pay­back or­der. ‘I am sat­is­fied that I can give you one last chance but it must be said that this is the last chance as this is an ex­tremely se­ri­ous of­fence.’ Smith was told she must com­plete 140 hours of un­paid work within 12 months and must re­main un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the so­cial work de­part­ment for two years. She is pro­hib­ited from en­ter­ing any pub­lic house or bar, or con­sum­ing al­co­hol in any pub­lic place. Re­fer­ring Smith to the Ar­gyll and Bute Ad­dic­tion Team, Sher­iff Hughes said: ‘You told the so­cial work de­part­ment that you do not have a prob­lem with al­co­hol – I am telling you to­day that you do and it is one you must ad­dress.’ Smith was also placed on a tag for 10 months and must re­main in her house from 7pm un­til 7am. Sher­iff Hughes warned Smith, who wept in the dock: ‘If you are out by five min­utes, that is a breach and you will go to prison.’ He ad­vised Smith’s part­ner, who was in court, that he should sup­port her or risk look­ing at her through a pane of glass for the next few years.

Camp­bel­town Sher­iff Court.

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