Mum glassed friend in the face for a laugh during row over drinking game

A young mum glassed her best friend when they were "swilling" wine at each other for a "laugh," but the victim claimed it was on purpose.

The two women, Lara Hall and Sarah Reilly, were drinking with pals in the early hours of October 29 last year in St Helen's, Merseyside.

The women said they had been "swilling," or purposely throwing drinks at each other, for "a laugh," the Liverpool Echo reported.

Reilly alleged in Liverpool Crown Court that Reilly deliberately "smashed" a glass in her face and jabbed its broken stem into her nose for "no reason".

But 20-year-old Reilly said she didn't mean to hit Ms Hall, only struck her once, and it was "definitely an accident".

The mum-of-one admitted wounding on the basis Ms Hall threw a drink at her first, she "took it as a joke" and "instinctively responded" by throwing her drink back.

Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, said Reilly accepted her glass hit Ms Hall, but claimed she only intended to throw its contents.

Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, said this "plea on the basis of recklessness" was "very close to being an accident".

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But it was rejected by the prosecution, who insisted it was a "deliberate and unprovoked attack."

Ms Hall, 21, told the court: "I turned round to look at her and she smashed a wine glass in my face."

The victim added: "I had to look down and pick the glass out of my eye."

Ms Hall said: "As I opened my eyes, all I saw was the stem of the wine glass then coming towards my face into my nose."

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The victim alleged Reilly didn't say anything before glassing her.

When cross-examined by Reilly's lawyer Carmel Wilde, the victim denied they had been swilling drinks on each other for a "laugh and a joke" and that she first "swilled" Reilly with rosé.

Ms Hall suffered a 1cm to 1.5cm long "superficial wound" to her forehead, which was glued shut, a 4cm "superficial scratch" to the left side of her nose, and a 2cm "superficial wound" to the right nostril.

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Reilly denied any second thrust of the glass and said that Ms Hall "made up" her version of events.

The judge said he couldn't be sure it happened the way Ms Hall said and ruled in favour of Reilly.

Judge Flewitt gave her an 18-month community order, with a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 80 hours of unpaid work.

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