Judge lets Hayling Island woman off her curfew for attack

IN COURT Spencer-Harbutt
IN COURT Spencer-Harbutt

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A WOMAN who was put on a curfew after bottling a teenager at a party has been told she can go out.

Dannae Spencer-Harbutt was ordered to stay in at night and do 200 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to the attack.

The judge at Portsmouth Crown Court said the 21-year-old had avoided going to jail ‘by a whisker’.

But her case was brought back to court for an application to remove the curfew and the judge agreed.

The court heard she had been suffering from depression.

Deputy Circuit Judge Patrick Hooton removed the six-month curfew, which ran from 7pm to 7am, and ordered Spencer-Harbutt to have nine months of supervision from the probation service to support her.

As previously reported in The News, she attacked a 17-year-old with a wine bottle after she overheard him rowing with his ex-girlfriend at a party.

When a friend of the youth asked Spencer-Harbutt why she had done it she turned on him, punching him in the face.

She had drunk two bottles of wine at the gathering near the ferry port on Hayling Island on September 3, last year.

The party was in memory of Jason Matthews, 23, of Haslemere Gardens, Hayling Island, and Perry Morgan, 21, from Cowplain, who were killed when their car came off the road and hit a tree in West Lane, Hayling Island, two days earlier.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was left needing 12 stitches to a wound above his left eye following the attack.

The court heard Spencer-Harbutt, of West Lane, Hayling Island,was sorry for what she had done and her actions were described as out of character.