A TEENAGER from Burton has been sentenced to six weeks in a young offender institution after attacking her former partner on a drunken night out.
Laura Fern, 18, of Cumberland Road pleaded guilty to a charge of racially aggravated assault at Burton Magistrates’ Court after hitting Zeeshan Ahmed in High Street in the early hours of May 2.
Magistrates heard how the pair had been in a relationship for around three years before separating last year. Since then they have seen each other in passing but have not been in direct contact. They heard that on the night of the attack, Mr Ahmed was making his way from Fever in High Street, to Bullit when he was seen by Fern, who had been asked to leave the bar after a friend she was with did not have any ID with her.
Sam Frazer, prosecuting, said: “She had a small square bottle of vodka in her hand. He walked off towards Bullit. The defendant followed him. He said he felt her hit him on the back of his head with her hand, and then the bottle.
“He said the bottle smashed but didn’t know if it was from hitting his head or as it fell to the floor. He said, ‘When she hit me it was really painful. I did not expect it, it was completely unprovoked.’
During the attack, Fern was heard to shout racial abuse at Mr Ahmed before nearby door staff intervened and pulled her away. However Magistrates were told that Fern’s reason for attacking Mr Ahmed was not racially motivated, but rather that she had been on the receiving end of domestic abuse when they were together.
Mark Aspden, defending, said: “She was in a relationship with the defendant for quite some time, and was the victim of domestic abuse. Therefore she does not hold him in high esteem.
“She did not have any intention of causing trouble at all. She hit him and happened to have a bottle in her hand. It was not motivated by his race but what previously happened.
He added that Fern does have a drink problem and has also dabbled in drugs, but does not have a long list of previous convictions and has stayed out of trouble since the attack took place. He recommended that she is given some help to overcome her problems.
However Magistrates said that the offence was so serious that it warranted a custodial sentence. In a summery of their decision, the bench told her: “We feel that this offence is so serious that it passes the custody threshold. This is because it was late at night, you used a bottle and you were drunk.”