Trainee Accountant Ordered to Pay £4k for Glassing Friend
Trainee accountant Jade Jones has been ordered to pay £3,900 to replace her friend’s teeth after smashing a glass into his face on a night out.
Manchester Crown Court heard that Jones smashed a glass into Billy Hampton’s face after consuming a large amount of vodka at a pub in Walkden, Greater Manchester.
A jury heard how both friends had earlier attended a baptism along with a number of their friends on August 17th 2014, before the party moved on to a pub.
Mr Hampton was attacked in the smoking area of the Vulcan pub by Jones as she thought he had insulted her. The court heard how the glass hit the victim’s mouth after Jones was seen to make a sweeping motion towards Mr Hampton.
Prosecuting, Duncan Wilcock said:
“He wears a denture to cover the two teeth removed.
“He’s going to need lifelong assistance due to losing two of his teeth in an area at the front of his mouth visible to people, causing him, since the incident, nothing but pain and embarrassment.”
The court heard how Mr Hampton only realised he had been injured once he started to bleed, however the damage caused to his lower front teeth was so bad that the teeth had to be removed.
Jones claimed that not only did she think that the glass was plastic, but that she had not intended to throw it.
Colin Buckle, defending, said:
“It was an isolated, momentary loss of control in drink. She’s never acted in this way before.”
He went on to describe Jones as a ‘young girl with a very bright future ahead of her’.
Jones admitted causing actual bodily harm and ordered to pay Mr Hampton a total of £3,900 to pay for his dental implants.
Recorder Charles Garside QC gave Jones 12 months to pay the compensation, he said:
“I’m sure you can imagine what that must be like, to lose your front teeth and have to wear a plastic denture which means you can’t even chew properly.
“There was, I have no doubt, a degree of provocation and perhaps more importantly there was no premeditation.
“You are somebody who is obviously very hardworking and very likely to be successful in life.
“I don’t think the public interest requires me to send you to prison.”
Criminal Injuries – Expert Advice
We understand that if you have been subjected to an act of violence, your thoughts will turn to making a full recovery – compensation will likely be the last thing on your mind.
There is however a government scheme that provides compensation to victims or their families at this tragic time. The scheme is called CICA (The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority). Once your claim is accepted by Hampson Hughes Solicitors, we will liaise with CICA on your behalf.
If you would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email [email protected]
Source: Mail Online