Printer Friendly

CONVICTED OF CLUB ATTACK.

Byline: By ANDREW PAIN

A YOUNG woman has been convicted of "bottling" a woman in an assault that took place only two months after she was cleared of a similar offence in the same nightclub.

In February a jury at Teesside Crown Court unanimously acquitted Laura Waites of a bottle attack in the Cornerhouse nightclub, Middlesbrough in January 2007.

But two months later the 21-year-old launched an attack in the club's toilets on Lauren Smith who was out enjoying a night with friends.

Prosecutor Paul Newcombe said Waites hit Miss Smith across the head with a bottle before Miss Smith retaliated with a punch in the April 24 incident.

Waites, of Wembley Way, Stockton, who pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm, told the Gazette after her February trial: "Going on nights out, I'm so anxious. I could be in the wrong place at the wrong time and something flares up. Now I'll just steer clear of anything like that."

Barrister Robert Mochrie represented the 21-year-old in both her trial in February and her sentencing hearing last week.

He told the court: "Prior to her trial Laura Waites had everything going for her in life - doing a degree course and having the aspiration of being a teacher."

But Mr Mochrie said his client then had "some sort of breakdown" began drinking excessively - up to two bottles of wine a day plus numerous spirits - and ended up receiving psychiatric treatment.

Judge Les Spittle said: "It's a sad sight to see a young woman that had potential blow it - throw it away - and for what? Transient pleasures and drink and drugs."

He gave Waites a 12-month suspended prison sentence with two years' supervision and ordered her to pay pounds 700 in costs and pounds 200 compensation to Miss Smith.

CAPTION(S):

CLEARED: How we reported on Laura Waites' acquittal in February
COPYRIGHT 2008 MGN Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2008
Words:308
Previous Article:Village is pick of the valley.
Next Article:Lighter way to enjoy spooks.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |