A 24-year-old university student has narrowly avoided jail after an 'ugly' pub brawl.
University of Hull student Courtney Neve attempted to glass a man at a pub in west Hull last year, Hull Crown Court heard
The man suffered injuries to his hand after moving it to protect his face when he saw Neve throwing a gin glass at him.
Neve, of west Hull, was passing the Drum and Cymbals pub on June 21, when she was called over for a drink by the victim – who she classed as a friend of her and her ex partner.
The student, accompanied by her mum and her friend, sat down and started chatting to the man, but while drinking her gin and lemonade, he made a comment which made her fly into a rage, Hull Crown Court heard.
Michele Stewart-Lofthouse, prosecuting, played a 20-minute CCTV clip from outside the pub which showed the incident, Hull Live reports.
She told the court: “He [the victim] said she was screaming and shouting in his face when he was sat down and without any warning she made to punch to his face while holding a gin glass in her hand and he saw her coming and managed to raise his left hand.
"The glass caught his left hand and smashed. He had a one and a half inch cut to his hand but there was no further medical treatment nearby.”
CCTV footage showed families enjoying the summer sun and children playing football before the fight broke out.
Neve walks away from the scene but she soon returned, rushing towards the man.
The pub’s landlady, who tried to help calm the situation, told the court in a victim impact statement that she was “scared” and did not know what Neve was "capable of."
Miss Stewart-Lofthouse added: "When shown the footage during her police interview she said she was disgusted with her behaviour and that she had noticed in particular that there was a child present."
Richard Thompson, mitigating, told the court that Neve worked full time in sales and is a criminology and sociology student at the University of Hull.
He told the court: “She is valued very, very highly as an employee. She has made a very good impression on them and they see this as being out of character.
“She has underlying issues that she needs to deal with and she needs to avoid any repetition of this incident. While this is a serious offence I make the application that this sentence could be suspended.”
Judge Mark Bury told Neve that if he were her he would not be going to the Drum and Cymbals for a while as she “may not get in.”
He handed her a 12-month community order which will mandate her to attend ten rehabilitation requirement days.
The judge said, without going into detail about the comment made against her, that he “understood why she reacted badly.”
He added: “But there is reacting badly and inappropriately.
"You wouldn’t calm down even though your friend tried hard. You left and returned, and left and returned and completely lost it it seems to me.
“You were throwing glasses around and if anyone had been injured your position would have been different.
“I have a reference from your employer that makes it clear you are a valued employee.
“It seems to me you can make something of yourself or not and if not I think you will be back in court for some reason or another. You should make a turning point in your life.”
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