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Dawlish woman smashed glass into face of man who made unwanted advances

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 24, 2012

A WOMAN who smashed a wine glass into the face of a man who made unwanted advances to her in a pub has been ordered pay the victim £500 in compensation.

Chelsea Reed, 19, had been drinking with friends in the Lansdowne Hotel in Dawlish when she followed Mark Bloxham down a corridor and furiously swung the glass into his face.

He was left with cuts to his mouth and nose and bits of glass lodged near his eye.

Reed admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm to Mr Bloxham in the early hours of April 15.

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She was sentenced to eight months in jail suspended for one year by a judge at Exeter Crown Court who told her to save some of the money she usually spends on alcohol to pay her victim.

The court was told Reed and her victim knew each but were not friends.

At 2am, a drunken Mr Bloxham saw Reed in the club.

She asked: "What are you looking at?" To which he replied: "Not much."

Prosecutor Gareth Evans said this response was 'perhaps unfortunate' for Mr Bloxham considering what happened to him next.

An unhappy Mr Bloxham threw his drink at Reed and her female friend.

He then threw his bottle which narrowly missed the pair.

Reed then followed her friend in pursuit of Mr Bloxham who made off down a corridor of the pub.

Reed hit him from behind with the wine glass causing serious cuts and bruising to his face.

Jeffrey Segan, mitigating, said Reed had reacted to the actions of Mr Bloxham.

"On at least two occasions he'd been told his approaches were not welcome and was told to go away.

"He pursues his conversation with the group of girls and on being told to go away responds by throwing the contents of his bottle of cider then the bottle at Chelsea Reed and another girl.

"That is the level of provocation immediately preceding what happened.

"She has always accepted responsibility but entirely adamant it was unintended."

Recorder Paul Derbyshire said Mr Bloxham admitted he had been 'obnoxious' to Reed but that was no excuse for what happened to him.

"Maybe you were intending to throw the drink in his face," he told Reed.

"I accept you are sorry for the result of the attack and I sentence you as someone who caused facial injuries but did so unintentionally."

He ordered Reed, of St Mary's Cottages, Dawlish, be supervised by probation officers for 12 months and complete a alcohol programme.

"I think some of the money you've been spending on drink could better be spent paying some money back to him," he said.

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