A WOMAN who went out drinking on the first day the pubs opened after the first lockdown ended up throwing a glass at another female.

Blackburn magistrates heard the victim was walking away when the glass hit her on the back of the head causing a cut which needed hospital treatment.

Laura Chadwick, 23, of Bradyll Court, Old Langho, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm. She was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay £400 compensation, £85 costs and £128 victim surcharge.

Samantha Hayward, prosecuting, said the incident happened on July 4, the first day pubs were allowed to open after the first national lockdown. Chadwick was with her boyfriend, who was known to the aggrieved, and she had been drinking all day.

“Initially she threw a drink at the victim, wetting her hair,” said Miss Hayward. “She then threw the glass, hitting the other woman on the back of the head and causing a small cut.”

Peter King, defending, said his client had never been in trouble before.

“She has never even been spoken to by the police and this incident is totally out of character,” said Mr King.

He said on the day of the incident pubs had welcomed people back and there was a convivial atmosphere.

“She consumed an excessive amount of alcohol and to this day has no recollection of what happened,” said Mr King. “She had to be told by her boyfriend what had happened.”

Mr King said there was no previous relationship between his client and the victim but they had mutual friends. There was a conversation between the boyfriend and the victim and at some stage one of his former girlfriends was mentioned.

“That must have been overheard by my client who made a remark and then threw the drink,” said Mr King. “The glass followed. It did not smash but caused an impact cut which bled freely.”

Mr King said Chadwick was whisked away by her boyfriend and taken home.

“The next day she messaged the victim expressing her utter remorse,” he added.