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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Drunken woman glassed stepdad in row over missed bus

A woman who glassed her stepfather in a drunken row about getting to court on time has avoided jail.

Natalie Kane, 20, of Wallace Lane, Maryport, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.

She had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Elizabeth Muir, prosecuting, told the court that on April 2 this year, Kane had been at her home address with her stepfather and her mother, who has since died.

She had been due to attend Workington’s magistrates court on a shoplifting charge.

Mrs Muir said: “Unfortunately they decided to start drinking in the morning,” adding that the family had gone on to consume three-quarters of a litre of vodka as well as two litres of cider. She said that “due to their intoxicated state they missed the bus.”

Kane became annoyed by this and started to complain to her stepfather about missing her court appearance. This lead to a fight between the two, with Kane hitting him around 10 times on the face.

Mrs Muir said the fight progressed.

“She (Kane) picked up his drinking glasses and hit him on the left side of the head.”

The court heard that Kane’s stepfather had been found by police and ambulance staff with “two to three” cuts on his head with glass sticking out of them.

Alison Whalley, defending, pointed out that Kane’s stepfather had attended court and had not wanted the case to proceed.

Judge Paul Batty QC, presiding, remarked on the family’s drinking: “I would be surprised if they had been able to find the bus stop.”

He said to Kane: “You are only 20 and the Probation Service seem to think they can do some good with you. I hope they are right about that.”

He sentenced Kane to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, and also made her subject of a 12-month supervision order.

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