Aspiring model Daniella Fowler can hardly bring herself to smile after life-changing Cleethorpes attack
STUNNING Daniella Fowler can barely bring herself to smile, after being left with these horrific injuries by a man who turned on her and a friend on a night out in Cleethorpes.
As revealed in the Grimsby Telegraph, James Pickard, pictured, – who had at first acted as a "peacemaker" between the women then became embroiled in the altercation.
He boasted he was "the hardest man in Grimsby" before punching Daniella in the face so hard that he knocked her unconscious.
The devastating attack left the 20-year-old with a broken jaw, smashed front teeth and her lip hanging off – days before discovering she had reached the final of a modelling competition.
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Pickard, 23, of Cleethorpes – who had 42 previous convictions – was jailed for two years and 11 months, after admitting inflicting grievous bodily harm on Daniella and assaulting her friend Danielle Barker, at Grimsby Crown Court.
However, while he will serve just 17 months behind bars, the budding model has told the Grimsby Telegraph she can barely bring herself to smile.
She said: "That man ruined my life – I hardly ever smile now because I don't want people to see my teeth.
"It's totally affected my confidence.
"After the attack I stayed in my room for two months.
"I didn't want to bump into anyone I knew.
"I didn't want people to question me about my looks or comment on them.
"People would come over with flowers and presents, but I just couldn't face going outside.
"Before it happened, people were always coming up to me and saying I had a perfect smile and straight teeth.
"I don't think I really appreciated that before, but now I would do anything to get them back."
Daniella, from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, was heading home after a night out with pals in Cleethorpes last August when she was brutally attacked.
Pickard, 23, who has a tattoo "Made in Grimsby" on his belly, followed terrified 5ft 4in Daniella out of a nightclub after a row.
He bragged about being "the hardest man in Grimsby" and said he "owned the streets".
Pickard – whose previous convictions include robbery, wounding, assault and affray – first hurled a shoe at Daniella's friend Danielle.
He then grabbed her by the waist and punched her in the face – "with his full weight behind it" – knocking her out cold.
She said: "The next thing I remember is waking up. I was on the ground and all I could hear was screaming.
"I looked down at my knees and they were covered in blood, there was blood everywhere.
"My hair was caked in blood too and I was running my fingers through it and it was just coming out in clumps.
"I was thinking 'where are my teeth? I must be dreaming'. I thought I was going to wake up from this horrible nightmare.
"I was in so much shock that I couldn't feel any pain.
"I think it was shock and adrenaline, I just couldn't feel anything and didn't know what had happened to me.
"I didn't have a clue what I looked like but everyone was saying 'hold your lip, hold your hand over your lip'.
"When I got into the police car, I looked in the mirror and moved my hand away from my face and my lip was just hanging there.
"And then I realised I had to keep my hand there to hold my lip together."
"I'd lost two teeth and they were on the floor."
Pickard and his companions fled as the police arrived while Daniella was rushed to hospital and kept in for several days as medics attempted to sew her mouth together again.
But in a further crushing blow she discovered she had reached the final of a regional modelling competition with a £2,000 top prize and the chance of a full-time contract.
She added: "My face was all swollen and my lip was sewn up.
"I had no teeth either, and I just knew that now I had no chance."
Daniella pulled out of the competition and now fears her chances of modelling have gone forever.
Sentencing him, Recorder Jonathan Bennett told Pickard: "They were serious offences. It's the sort of incident that rightly concerns the public.
"You gave her an almighty punch that knocked her to the ground, causing those devastating injuries."
He said Daniella's hopes of pursuing a career in modelling were "highly unlikely to happen" because of the "significant injuries" she suffered to her lip.