Woman smashed bottle over man’s head after party

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A WOMAN who repeatedly attacked a man with a glass bottle during a row has been spared jail.

Stacey Alexander, 23, had returned home after going to a party with friends when the victim knocked on her door at about 6.30am.

The man, who had held the party, claimed his laptop had been stolen and a row ensued.

Portsmouth Crown Court was told a witness heard smashing inside the flat and could hear fighting and arguing, and what sounded like someone being thrown up against a wall.

Prosecutor Daniel Sawyer said the pair then went outside where the row continued.

He said: ‘[The witness] then saw Alexander raise a clear glass bottle up to her head.

‘She then smashed this bottle over [the victim].’

The bottle did not break, the court heard.

Two men then came out of the property and Alexander went back inside, but then went back out again.

Mr Sawyer said the witness described seeing what was described as a ‘swinging punch’ which the defendant dodged, and hit him over the head with a bottle again.’

The court heard the victim then followed Alexander.

Mr Sawyer said: ‘[Alexander] turned round, went up to him and hit him over the head for a third time with this bottle.’

Robert Forrest, defending, said Alexander’s life has since ‘changed for the better.’

Alexander, of Howe Road, Rowner, Gosport, admitted one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on December 27 last year.

She was sentenced to 16 months in jail suspended for two years and was put under supervision.

Alexander was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100.

Judge Roger Hetherington, sentencing at Portsmouth Crown Court, said: ‘Although I don’t in any way minimise the seriousness of what you did in any way, the victim’s behaviour was something of a provocation.

‘It’s significant, in my view, that he wasn’t prepared to be a prosecution witness or really be a part of proceedings at all.’

‘There is no doubt that because of you wielding that bottle he did suffer injuries to his head which led to quite a lot of blood.’