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Thursday, 02 October 2014

GBH woman jailed for ignoring conditions

A WOMAN who smashed a bottle over a man’s head has been locked up – after originally getting away with a suspended sentence.

In June Rachel Rooney was given a 12-month prison sentence for causing grievous bodily harm to Michael Williams in a flat where a group of people were smoking cannabis.

But that sentence was suspended for a year on condition she abided by strict conditions – including keeping out of trouble, doing 200 hours of unpaid community work and attending rehabilitation sessions for her abuse of alcohol.

But on Thursday Carlisle Crown Court heard Rooney, 25, who used to live in Mill Lane, Walney, had repeatedly flouted the terms of that suspended sentence by getting drunk, using drugs and staying out all night from the hostel where she was supposed to be living in Liverpool.

Despite a plea from her defence advocate Gareth James that she needed more time to overcome her “great deal of problems”, Judge Paul Batty QC – who had imposed the original sentence at Barrow Crown Court – rescinded the suspended sentence and sent her to prison for nine months instead.

He told her: “I am simply not prepared to give you yet another chance.

“You have had every possible latitude from this court – some people would say too much. Everyone has bent over backwards to assist you but you have thrown it back in their faces. Well, I am afraid the time has come for you to reap what you have sown.”

The original suspended sentence was imposed after Rooney repeatedly smashed Mr Williams over the head with an empty bottle of WKD and pinned him to the floor, telling him he couldn’t leave until the blood had been cleaned up.

Although the bottle did not break, Mr Williams, who had gone to the flat to smoke cannabis, needed 12 staples for three gashes in his head.

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