Woman jailed for pub bottle attack

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A woman who struck a pub landlord’s two sons over the head with an alcopops bottle has been jailed for 15 months.

Steffi Louise O’Connor, 20, lashed out after being thrown out of the Lancs and Yorks pub in Station Road, Bamber Bridge, following a disturbance, Preston Crown Court heard.

O’Connor then stood outside the pub shouting so Samuel Lowe, one of the landlord’s sons, went out to ask her to move on.

Jon Close, prosecuting, said: “Thereafter there was an exchange of words where she was told to leave the premises.

“She got angry and acted cocky and gobby towards Mr Lowe, saying, ‘I’m not leaving. What are you going to do about it?’

“His brother Stuart Lowe approached and said, ‘It’s best you leave’ but she continued to offer abuse.”

Mr Close said O’Connor struck Samuel Lowe twice with a bottle of WKD which she was carrying.

She then hit his brother three times on the head with the bottle, leaving him with two cuts which needed hospital treatment.

The court heard Stuart Lowe had been left scarred following the attack on January 16 this year.

O’Connor, of School Street, Preston, admitted unlawful wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

In mitigation, the court was told O’Connor was remorseful about her actions which she could not remember as the attack occurred while she was drunk. Sentencing O’Connor to 15 months in a young offenders’ institution, Judge Heather Lloyd said: “What is so depressing is the facts of this case are all too familiar to these courts.

“Young men and women would become so affected by drink that they have no recollection of what they have done.

“You struck two men trying to do their job to keep order in a pub.

“You are lucky the bottle did not break on impact and so are your victims. Drunken violent behaviour with a weapon will not be tolerated.”