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Burton woman jailed for seven months after town centre 'glassing'

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 21, 2014

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A YOUNG woman who 'glassed' a man in a Burton bar has been locked up for seven months.

University student Natalie Colman attacked Charlie Rumin during a fracas at The Association, in High Street.

The glass shattered and the victim was left with cuts to his head, luckily not very serious, Stafford Crown Court heard.

Although Mr Rumin refused to make a formal complaint or assist the police with their inquiries, Colman was prosecuted for an offence of assault causing actual bodily harm.

Just before the assault on Mr Rumin, Colman also pushed another reveller, Gemma Chisholm, in the back.

Colman, 20, of Anglesey Road, who admitted assaulting Mr Rumin and common assault on Ms Chisholm, was sent to youth custody.

Judge Mark Eades told her: "Deliberately aiming or throwing a glass into the face of someone else is a dreadful thing to do. For reasons that have not been explained to me, you have not been charged with wounding, but actual bodily harm.

"You were the instigator of this disturbance which culminated in the use of a glass against a person you did not know.

"You really ought to have been charged with wounding, but I must confine my range [of sentence] to the guidelines and I take the view this is right at the top end. I do bear in mind you are a student and have worked hard."

David Swinnerton, prosecuting, said Colman declined to assist or co-operate with the police, but after Colman was arrested she said: "I know I did it. I glassed him because he's a nasty person."

Stephen Cooper, defending, said: "These things happen far more quickly than it takes to describe them.

"She was knocked over and when she stood up in a state of panic, there was a melee which she joined in."

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