Staff member glassed woman in face at club in Humberston
A WOMAN narrowly escaped losing an eye after she was viciously "glassed" in the face by a member of staff at a club.
Another woman desperately tried to calm the situation down, but she was also attacked and had a clump of hair pulled out, a court heard.
Rachel Kirkley, 34, of Sheraton Drive, Humberston, denied wounding Anne Walker and assaulting Amanda Wright, causing actual bodily harm, on May 26 but was convicted after a trial.
Grimsby Crown Court heard that the violent incident erupted in the toilets of the Lucarlys club in Wilton Road, Humberston.
There was a confrontation and Kirkley shoved a glass in Ms Walker's face, hitting her near an eye.
Ms Wright tried to intervene and calm the situation down, but Kirkley continued being violent and pulled a clump of hair from Ms Wright's head.
Ms Walker later said that she was "stunned" that she was attacked by a woman and even more shocked that it was by a member of staff at the premises.
"She should have been the person helping and not the person attacking me," she said.
She added that it was "very lucky" that the glass did not go in her eye – but it was "very close".
Craig Lowe, mitigating, said Kirkley had no previous convictions, acted wholly out of character and would lose her job at Lucarlys, where she had worked for about 14 years.
Recorder Eric Elliott QC told Kirkley: "She could have lost an eye.
"Your conduct in that public toilet was inexcusable, bearing in mind particularly your position of responsibility in your employment at the club."
"The public are sick and tired of violence that takes place at or inside public settings."
Mother-of-three Kirkley was given a one-year suspended prison sentence, 150 hours' unpaid work was ordered to pay £750 compensation to Ms Walker, £250 to Ms Wright and £250 costs.