Man jailed for bottling woman in bar - Watford

22/08/2014

An innocent women clubber nearly died when she was hit on the head with a bottle in a Watford bar.

Holly Hallett, aged 20,  was not involved in a scuffle that had broken out in Paparazzi in The Parade involving her friends and John Esquivias-Davies. But Esquivias-Davies, then aged 19, brought down a bottle down on her head, St Albans Crown Court heard on Friday, 22 August 2014.

She suffered heavy external bleeding from a wound that needed five stitches. More seriously there was an internal injury that caused bleeding inside her skull. She was taken to St Mary's hospital in London where she underwent a major operation.

Esquivias-Davies, now aged 20, of Oakleigh Close, Whetstone, Barnet was convicted of wounding Holly on Saturday, 16 November last year at a quarter to midnight. During the trial he claimed he acted in self-defence.

Simon Sterling, defending, said there was a lack of premeditation. He said: "He is genuinely sorry. A grave injury was occasioned, but it was unforeseeable." He said Esquivias-Davies had approached the victim's family, had apologised to them and showed real remorse. He said he had been offered a place at Portmouth University.

Judge Andrew Bright QC said the victim's family had given Esquivias-Davies powerful mitigation by telling him that he had the decency to apologise, but he told him: "You struck Holly Hallett with the bottle and did so deliberately. The fact is she could have died. Holly Hallett did not contribute to the assault in any shape or form." He sentenced him to 21 months in a Young Offenders Institute (YOI).

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