Holiday resort worker glassed two women in nightclub
A holiday resort worker who injured two women during two glass attacks has been spared jail.
Shondelle Dickson, 20, who works at a bar in Spain, smashed a bottle over Amy Phillips' head and threw a glass at Kayleigh Manley during a night out at Houseof Smith while visiting Newcastle in February.Newcastle Crown Court heard Miss Phillips suffered a one inch gash to her scalp in the attack and Miss Manley got a cut to her hand, which she had raised to protect her face.Prosecutor Jolyon Perks told the court it remains unclear what started the trouble near the VIP area of the city centre nightclub.He said Miss Phillips was first to be attacked by Dickson, who was wearing a distinctive red dress.Mr Perks said: "The defendant picked up a bottle and hit her over the head with the bottle."There was a one inch cut to the back of her head."Moments later, Miss Manley became Dickson's second victim.Mr Perks said: "She describes the defendant, in the distinctive, short, red dress, without provocation, picking up a glass from the table and said 'she threw it towards my face'."The court heard Miss Manley put her hand up to protect herself and got a one inch cut from the glass.As a result, she needed a week of work while the wound healed.In a victim impact statement, Miss Phillips said the cut to her head was "bleeding and painful".Miss Manley said in her statement that the violence "spoilt a good girls' night out" and left her annoyed at being targeted without reason.Mr Perks added: "The defendant deliberately used a bottle in the first altercation and a glass in the second, aimed at the face.""It is not the type of case where either complainant invited trouble on themselves."Dickson, of Niddrie Mill Crescent, Edinburgh, admitted two charges of assault.The resort worker flew back to the UK from Spain this morning to be sentenced over the attacks.Mr Recorder David Dobbin sentenced her to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with Â£500 costs.She was ordered to pay Â£500 compensation to Miss Phillips and Â£300 to Miss Manley.The judge told her: "It would appear you came from your home town to Newcastle, there was a night out.
"You were in a pub drinking heavily and in the early hours of the morning you committed these two offences."You used a weapon, in one case a bottle and in the other a glass."The courts have grave concerns about matters such as this happening in public places."The judge said despite the seriousness of the offences, the injuries were not the "most serious" and Dickson, who came back from being abroad for thehearing, has never been in trouble before.He added: "The risk of using those weapons, of course, is the injuries could have been very bad indeed."Jonathan Cousins, defending, said Dickson "has no memory" of what she did, due to the amount she had to drink.Mr Cousins added: "She is polite, hard working, well mannered, not the sort of person who would normally contemplate this sort of offence."She has completely abstained from drinking since this incident."She arrived this morning at Newcastle airport from Spain where she has employment working in a bar in a summer resort."