Stiletto attack in row over cigarette lighter

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A woman was smashed over the head with a bottle and hit with a stiletto heel after a row over a cigarette lighter outside a nightclub.

Amy Goodfellow had glass embedded in her head following the attack by Sarah Szypulinski and Jade Hirst on Beastfair, Pontefract.

Szypulinski, 21, was jailed for three years and four months yesterday after pleading guilty to wounding with intent.

Leeds Crown Court heard she has a history of drink-related offending and had refused to attend courses designed to tackle her drink problem.

Hirst, 21, was given a 12 month suspended sentence after admitting unlawful wounding over the attack on February 17 this year.

Tina Dempster, prosecuting, said the incident happened around 1am after Ms Goodfellow asked Szypulinski for a light and she complained that it was not working.

The pair began arguing before Szypulinski, of Victoria Avenue, Wakefield, struck her over the head with the bottle and punched her.

Hirst, of Holgate Gardens, Pontefract, joined in after she left the club and heard pair struggling. She used her high heel shoe to hit Miss Goodfellow.

Miss Goodfellow had to have glass removed from her head and stitches to the wounds. Szypulinski and Hirst, who were both drunk, struggled with officers who were called to the scene to arrest them.

Richard Butters, for Szypulinski, said: “This was a disgraceful incident. The best mitigation for this young girl is the guilty plea that was entered.”

He added: “This was a ridiculous, violent, drunk attack that cannot be excused or diminished in any way.”

Freddie Apfel, for Hirst, said she initially joined in as she thought he friend was being attack. She had been carrying her shoes in her hand because her feet were tired and did not remove them to use as a weapon.”

Jailing Szypulinski, judge Jennifer Kershaw said: “She has plainly a very serious problem with alcohol.”

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