Bottle incident in bar

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A DRUNKEN mother-of-two hit a woman licensee in the mouth with a bottle while being ejected from a bar.

Carla Fox, 37, had got drunk after her grandmother’s funeral and became involved in an altercation between two men on the dance floor.

One of the men was escorted from the premises, Cafe Stella, by Alex Grundy and his partner, Zoe Grundy, the licensee, escorted Fox out.

But Liverpool Crown Court heard that on the way out Fox picked up a bottle from a table and hit Mrs Grundy in the face with it. Outside the premises there was an altercation between the two women and Fox tried to pull her hair and push her, said Harry Pepper, prosecuting.

The police arrived and Fox, who had stayed at the scene, was arrested. The victim was seen to be bleeding.

At hospital she was treated for a laceration to her top lip and bruising. She also had to visit a dentist as a tooth was damaged.

When interviewed Fox denied hitting anyone but when shown CCTV footage of the incident she accepted what she had done, but did not remember it.

Fox, of Glover Street, Leigh, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

Judge David Harris sentenced Fox, who has no previous convictions, to 10 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months and ordered her to carry out 120 hours unpaid work. He also ordered her to attend an alcohol treatment course and to pay his victim £750 compensation.

The court heard that her 13-year-old child is facing the possibility of a hip replacement following a freak accident and Fox’s older child is at a crucial time educationally.

Judge Harris also said she had been in an “emotionally vulnerable condition” at the time of the incident having been to her grandmother’s funeral.

Stephen Tettey, defending, said that Fox, who works part-time in a pharmacy, had been to the funeral of her grandmother, who was buried at the same site as her mother, who died when Fox was 19.

She had been “drowning her sorrows” before the incident, which happened about 1am on March 19.