Violent woman locked up for hitting teen with a bottle
A VIOLENT woman with a history of serious offences smashed a bottle over a teenager's head – causing a nasty, gaping wound, a court heard.
Chelsea Gladding, 21, formerly of Rutland Street, Grimsby, admitted wounding a 17-year-old boy on September 28.
Ian West, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Gladding went to the youth's home, but an argument later broke out over a bottle of vodka.
They ended up in the street trying to sort the problem out, but Gladding hit the teenager over the head with the bottle, causing a 15cm wound that was up to 2cm deep and needed at least 20 stitches.
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Gladding had a history of violence, including convictions for robbery, assault causing actual bodily harm, assault and possessing an offensive weapon. She had served time in custody.
Richard Hackfath, mitigating, said a serious injury was caused but Gladding did not break the bottle before using it to hit the victim.
She claimed that she had been hit on the chin in the lead-up to the incident.
Judge David Tremberg told Gladding that she had a troubling and seemingly escalating history of violence. She "lashed out" with the vodka bottle, causing injuries which could have risked serious or even fatal harm.
"This offence is so serious that only an immediate sentence of custody is appropriate," said Judge Tremberg.
Gladding, who has a young son, was jailed for two-and-a-half years.