Woman jailed for glassing a man - Borehamwood

09/09/2016

A Tottenham Ladies footballer was today, Friday, 09 September 2016, jailed for 4 years 3 months for glassing a man, who she thought was pestering a friend.

Lily-May Commins , aged 21, picked up a bottle of Desperados beer and twice struck the victim, causing cuts and bruises to his face and a 2 and a half centimetre deep gash to his right cheek.

Prosecutor Duncan O'Connell told St Albans Crown Court that the victim had approached a group of women drinking in the the Alfred Arms in Borehamwood and an exchange of words took place.

CCTV played to the Judge showed Commins grab the bottle from one of the group and twice strike the victim.

In a victim personal statement, the victim said he had been left with a permanent scar. He said he had no idea why she did it.

Commins of Cockle Way, Shenley, Herts pleaded guilty to wounding with intent on 8 March 2015. The court was told she had no previous convictions.

Defending, Ishan Dave said Commins had been drinking and had felt threatened. "She was helping her friend, who was being bothered and there was a degree of provocation," he said. He urged the Judge to suspend the jail sentence saying that if she went to prison her career as a semi-professional footballer would be over.

Recorder Eason Rajah QC told her: "The injuries you caused were severe, causing cuts and bruising on the face and a gash on the cheek. I take into account you are going to lose your job and your career in football if you go to prison." The Judge said he accepted her life would be ruined if he sent her to prison, but he said he had to abide by the guidelines for sentencing on wounding with intent.

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