A WOMAN has been given a suspended prison sentence for “cowardly and savage” Egremont pub attack which left her victim with a facial fracture.
Part of Emma Allan’s assault on Lorna Park – her ex-boyfriend’s new partner – was captured on CCTV footage played to Carlisle Crown Court today (FRI).
Allan, 27, was said to have initially thrown a cigarette butt at Miss Park in the smoking area of Egremont’s Wheatsheaf pub before grabbing her hair. As Miss Park fell to the floor, Allan attacked her with a flurry of punches. One eyewitness spoke of “approximately 30 attempted punches”.
Miss Park suffered a facial fracture, had “struggled to come to terms” with the assault and been left anxious.
Allan, of Greenmoor Road, Egremont, admitted an actual bodily harm assault and told a judge she was “sorry” for what she did.
A 12-month jail term was suspended for two years. She must complete 120 hours’ unpaid work, a four-month night-time curfew, was banned from Egremont pubs for 12 months and prohibited from contacting her victim for five years.
“That’s disgraceful behaviour,” Judge Davies said of the assault. “It was a sustained attack when she was on the floor, defenceless, and breaking a bone in her face. That’s cowardly and savage.”
Her sentence included being banned from all licensed premises in the Egremont Pubwatch scheme for a year.
Sergeant Mitchell Franks, licensing officer for west Cumbria, spoke after the sentencing, saying he was pleased with the ban.
He said: “This attack was conducted while under the influence of alcohol in a licensed establishment.
“It is essential that we safeguard venues and the people in them from such acts of violence.
“Those who go into licensed premises and commit acts of violence can expect that future opportunities to drink and be entertained in such premises will be severely curtailed.
“This sends a strong message out to all who wish to act in a manner that brings violence and disorder into licensed establishments: You will be prosecuted and you will be banned.”