No jail for drinker after bottle incident

By By Court Reporter Newsdesk@iomtoday.co.im twitter:@iomnewspapers in Crime

A woman who hit another drinker in the face with a glass bottle at a town centre bar has been spared custody.

Leah Isabell Skillen Cain was in the Courthouse bar on Athol Street in Douglas when the attack happened on the dance floor soon before midnight.

The 20-year-old defendant said she could remember arguing with a woman in the bar. There were no injuries requiring treatment.

Cain, of Alder Road, Douglas, had been drinking since 8pm when the attack happened. She admitted carrying out two assaults at the bar on June 26 last year.

Dawn Jones, who represented Cain, said her client’s genuine remorse was clearly shown in the pre-sentence report.

’She is shocked and dismayed by what occurred,’ she told the court.

’But since then, there seems to have been a life-changing decision and a thinking about how she was leading her life.’

She told the court it could be confident the defendant would commit no more offences.

’She is a very quiet girl who gets on with her work and would not say boo to a goose. She gets tongue-tied; she is shy, and she is the last person you would think would be capable of doing what she did that night.

’Glasses in public places where people are drunk are a recipe for disaster, as we know. We are lucky that the injuries were very minor,’ she said.

Mrs Jones reminded the court the incident was over and done ’in a flash’ but added the defendant was very much aware of the risk of more serious injury arising from the same facts.

The pre-sentence report made a recommendation that the defendant do community service and Mrs Jones said she was more than willing to consent to that.

’She is in employment and is well thought of at work. She knows that she can’t drink too much but this one incident is not so bad that it requires a licensing act ban,’ she said.

Passing sentence, Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes noted the defendant was just 19 at the time of the offence and had no previous convictions.

’You have lost your good character now and that will have an impact on you when you seek employment,’ Mrs Hughes told her.

’Your remorse is genuine and you wish to apologise to the two victims. I accept it was a one-off incident and the custody threshold is not passed in this case.’

She must do 160 hours’ community service and pay £300 costs and £150 compensation to each victim.