Woman commits ‘ugly’ nightclub attack but avoids prison
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A WESTON mum who violently attacked a fellow clubber on a night out and left the victim unable to walk has avoided being sent to prison.
The judge referred to the attack as ‘ugly and unpleasant’, but sentenced the defendant to a community order after warning the woman she had come ‘within a breath’ of being jailed.
Kelly Long, 31, of Fullens Close in Weston came before the court with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and grievous bodily harm, and pleaded guilty to both.
On December 27 last year Long attended Dragon Kiss nightclub in Weston’s Regent Street. In the early hours of the morning an altercation began with Louisa Dunstone.
The argument started in the bar, and was soon carried outside. Miss Dunstone admitted to striking Long, causing the pair to fall on the floor.
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Long then bit Miss Dunstone on the face, causing the skin to break and bruise.
Miss Dunstone began making her way towards the taxi rank when Long pushed her to the ground.
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She was pushed to the ground with such force, when she tried to stand up she noticed straight away she could not walk properly.
Miss Dunstone went immediately to hospital, to discover she had a fracture in her right pelvis, and a 2cm by 2cm cut on her cheek caused by the bite.
She was in hospital for five days and it took months of physiotherapy for a full recovery to be made so she could walk properly again.
Prosecutors said Long has faced the court in several other occasions between 2002 and 2013. Previous offences include assaulting a police officer, causing actual bodily harm and assisting an offender.
David Maunder, mitigating, said: “Her troubled early adult life is a long distant memory.
“She is a very different woman, a very different character all together to the person who was obviously that much younger and somewhat immature.”
Long has five children between the ages of two and 16, four of which live with her. Judge Roach cited these dependents as the reason for not sending her to prison.
The judge said: “Biting somebody is particularly ugly and unpleasant. It normally results in people going to prison, even in excessive self defence.
“You drank far too much. You should go to prison. On this occasion what stops me is that you have young children to look after.
“If there is the slightest violation, those children won’t stop you going to prison. I won’t tolerate this behaviour again.
“You came within a breath of prison.”
Long was sentenced to a community order for two years. She has to complete anger management and alcohol therapy programmes.
She is also subject to a six-month curfew, from 9.30pm until 7am, and is also banned from bars, pubs and clubs for a year.