Pontefract: Man maimed after takeaway assault

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A WOMAN struck her friend in the face with a bottle in an unprovoked drunken attack in a kebab shop – then apologised to him on Facebook.

Kimberley Hamilton was jailed for 12 months after being told the attack was so serious she had to receive a custodial sentence.

Leeds Crown Court heard Hamilton had spent the day drinking with friends in Pontefract when she saw her victim, Luke Hay, in a takeaway at 1.20am on September 7 last year.

John Bull, prosecuting, said the pair knew each other and things were initially perfectly amicable between them.

“At one point they had their arms around each other before saying goodbye.”

Mr Bull said: “The next thing he can remember is deafness, pain to the side of his face, loss of blood and seeing a smashed bottle on the floor.”

A witness described how Hamilton walked up to Mr Hay and swung the glass bottle towards him with such force that it smashed.

Mr Hay was taken to hospital where he needed treatment for a six centimetre cut to the side of his face.

Hamilton was arrested on October 21 and said she had no recollection of the incident as a result of the amount of alcohol she had drunk but had apologised to Mr Hay through the social networking website.

Hamilton, of Garden Lane, Knottingley, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.

Stephen Swan, mitigating, said Hamilton was disgusted with the way she had behaved and had been in touch with the victim.

She had been drinking heavily around the time of the offence and had problems due to depression.

Mr Swan said: “This was very much a one-off, out of character event.

“She is unlikely to be in a rush to repeat it.

“She has been warned that the serious nature of the offence could result in an immediate custodial sentence today.”

Jailing Hamilton, Recorder Helen Proops said: “This sort of assault is extremely serious and not one that can be ignored by the court.

“Assaults with bottles can cause serious disfigurement in many cases.”

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