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Thursday, 21 August 2014

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Carlisle nightclub shoe attacker caught via Facebook

A mother who attacked another woman with a shoe in a nightclub was brought to justice by one of her victim’s friends tracking her down on Facebook, a court heard.

Eden Musso suffered a black eye and three chipped teeth when 28-year-old Mandy Savage attacked her in the toilets at The Church nightclub in Botchergate, Carlisle, a year ago.

But Savage was not apprehended until one of Ms Musso’s friends trawled through the social networking site to identify the woman responsible.

Lawyers were preparing to argue in court whether such crucial identification evidence should be allowed to be put before the jury in Savage’s trial.

But in the event it was not necessary because Savage changed her mind and pleaded guilty to causing Ms Musso actual bodily harm – a charge she had previously denied.

The mother-of-two, who lives in Gillford Crescent, Harraby, Carlisle was given a 23-week prison sentence at the city’ s Crown Court suspended for two years, and ordered to pay Ms Musso £100 compensation, with an £80 statutory surcharge.

She was also put under an electronically monitored curfew to keep her indoors at home from 8pm to 5am every night for the next 20 weeks

Prosecuting counsel Julian Taylor told the court the incident happened on March 31 last year after Ms Musso found an earring in the toilets at The Church.

She noticed that Savage was wearing a matching one, so she went up to her to return the one she assumed she had lost.

But suddenly, and for no reason, Savage swung out at her with a shoe she was holding in her hand, Mr Taylor said.

“She heard her teeth cracking,” he said.

Ms Musso suffered a cut cheek, a black eye and three chipped teeth and needed treatment in hospital.

Later on she had reconstruction work done of her teeth and is now fully recovered, he said.

Mr Taylor said it was thanks to Ms Musso’s friend’s use of Facebook that Savage was traced.

“It was a rather unusual method of identification,” he said.

Defence counsel Laura Nash said Savage had grown up in a family in which violence was seen as normal.

The two fathers of her children – neither of whom support them in any way – had also treated her badly, she said.

“She strongly feels that this is why she has resorted to anger issues herself in the past,” Ms Nash said.

The barrister said Savage realised she had a problem to confront.

“She has known for some time that she has anger issues but she has scared herself with what she now knows she is capable of,” she said.

She said Savage had hardly been out socially since the incident and the “idea of going back to Botchergate makes her physically sick”.

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