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Woman guilty of bottle attack.

A WOMAN has been found guilty of attacking a clubber with a bottle, leaving her permanently blind in one eye.

Emma Keeley, 20, was convicted today by a jury at Liverpool crown court of causing grievous bodily harm to Kerry Riley in the city's 051 club.

Judge Gerald Clifton told Keeley: ``There will be a custodial sentence for you - and not a short one.''

Keeley's sister, Kerry, 23, and her friend Melanie McCourt, 24, both of Hilllside Avenue, Huyton, were cleared of affray.

During the nine-day trial, the jury of seven men and five women heard that Miss Riley, 20, was attacked with a bottle by Emma Keeley on the club dance floor in the early hours of June 30.

Trouble flared between Miss Riley, Kerry Keeley and McCourt during an altercation. Soon after, Emma Keeley appeared and thrust a bottle in Miss Riley's left eye, causing her to collapse.

Her victim needed 16 stitches in her face and has been left blinded in one eye and scarred.

Keeley, of Layford Road, Huyton, had denied committing the offence and told club doormen she would not have done such a thing because she had a 15-month-old baby to look after.

Speaking outside court, Miss Riley, an administrative secretary, said the attack left her terrified of going out.

She said: ``I knew she would get found guilty, so I am not surprised at the verdict.

``I was going to take my driving test before she attacked me and I couldn't.

``I am now going to concentrate on getting my driving licence and getting on with my life.''

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FOUND GUILTY: Emma Keeley, right; ATTACKED: Kerry Riley
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 12, 2002
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