Woman hit teenager with bottle at rave

Dannae Spencer-Harbutt, 21, of West Lane, Hayling Island
Dannae Spencer-Harbutt, 21, of West Lane, Hayling Island

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A PARTY to celebrate the lives of two men killed in a car crash ended in bloodshed when a woman hit a teenager with a bottle.

Dannae Spencer-Harbutt attacked the 17-year-old with a wine bottle after she overheard him rowing with his ex-girlfriend.

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

The 21-year-old barmaid 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, had gone along after reading about the rave on Facebook.

But he was left needing 12 stitches to a wound above his left eye following the attack, Portsmouth Crown Court heard.

Daniel Reilly, defending, said Spencer-Harbutt had apologised to the boy on Facebook the next day.

He said: ‘Although there were two incidents that evening it can properly be said that the events of that evening were out of character.’ He added that she had been upset about the deaths of her friends and had drunk more than she could handle.

Spencer-Harbutt, of West Lane, Hayling Island, pleaded guilty to offences of unlawful wounding and common assault.

Judge Ian Pearson said he had come close to jailing her but decided to suspend the sentence.

‘This was a very serious, unpleasant incident,’ he told her.

‘You had drunk two bottles of wine and this was an unprovoked attack upon a young man, using a bottle as a weapon.’

He added: ‘In the circumstances, bearing in mind your lack of previous convictions, bearing in mind that this was a single blow, it was an isolated set of incidents that night and that you are remorseful I feel just able to suspend the custodial sentence.’

She was given a 12 month sentence suspended for two years and told to do 200 hours of unpaid work. Spencer-Harbutt will have to wear an electronic tag and stay at home between 7pm and 7am for six months.

The judge ordered her to pay £500 to the boy she bottled and £100 to the one she punched.

‘You have missed an immediate custodial sentence by a whisker,’ he said.