Woman scarred for life after being glassed in Tadley

Basingstoke Gazette: Woman scarred for life after being glassed in Tadley Woman scarred for life after being glassed in Tadley

A WOMAN was scarred for life after a pint glass was thrown into her face in a Tadley pub.

Samantha Stanley, 27, carried out the vicious attack on Lisa Meltham in the Fox and Hounds pub, in Mulfords Hill, Tadley, on June 30 last year, Winchester Crown Court heard.

Anthony Bailey, prosecuting, said that the victim had drunk five pints of lager and was with a group of friends.

He said: “They were perhaps loud. But nonetheless this defendant took exception to what was being said by the group, and there were words exchanged between the two. The victim says a glass was thrown into her face, which caused a half-an-inch cut below her eye and other smaller cuts to her face.”

The incident was captured on the pub’s CCTV system and the footage was shown at the hearing.

In a victim impact statement, Miss Meltham said that she now avoids going to pubs in the Tadley area in case she meets the defendant again, and tries to use make-up to cover the scars on her face, but they are still visible.

Mr Bailey added: “She feels in all the circumstances that the defendant had acted in a way that was ridiculous and threatening.”

The court heard that Stanley, of West Street Close, Tadley, has a previous conviction for assault where she used a glass to strike a woman in the face in a nightclub.

Charles Cochand, defending, said that Stanley, who pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm on the first day of a trial in January, had recently stabilised her life and was working.

Recorder Richard Onslow told Stanley: “You have caused her (Miss Meltham) permanent scarring to her face, of which she is acutely aware and she feels she cannot cover up so that people cannot see it.

“That is a very unpleasant thing to happen to any woman. It is vile to do something like that.”

Stanley received an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with supervision, alcohol treatment and curfew requirements. She was also ordered to pay Miss Meltham £1,000 in compensation.

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