A SOCIAL worker left a man scarred for life after throwing two bottles of vodka at a crowd of men fighting with her boyfriend, a court has heard.
Nicole Berry, 25, threw liter bottles into the group when her partner Justin Henry started an altercation.
A bottle fell on Paul Dann’s head and he was taken to the hospital with a serious wound to the back of his head.
Since then, he has complained of frequent migraines and has grown hair to cover the scar.
Berry, from Royton, near Oldham, celebrated her new job as a mental health social worker in Greater Manchester, from which she has since been suspended.
At Manchester Crown Court, she faced five years in prison for causing serious bodily harm, but was freed with a community order 12 months after telling the judge she would lose her job if she went to jail. .
The attack happened on 29 March 2019 after Berry and Henry went out to eat in Manchester city center and he bought her bottles of vodka to congratulate her on her new role.
Henry was involved in a confrontation with about a dozen people while waiting for a taxi, the court heard.
Prosecutor Miss Rachel Widdicombe said: “He was leaning against the bonnet of a police car and called Mr Dann ea ‘p***k’ and they approached each other with fists.
Mr Dann pushed him back and told him he had ‘picked the wrong person’ and Mr Henry was then punched to the ground and kicked.
“He was aggressive but clearly outnumbered and he was highly regarded by some individuals.
” He was punched and pushed to the ground, then he was kicked and stepped on repeatedly.
It is considered bad, stupid, reckless and dangerous
Mr. Recorder Judge Jeremy Lasker
“When she saw what was happening, this defendant tried to secure a taxi and then she headed towards the melee.
“She then used her hands to hurl two bottles of vodka at the heads of those involved.”
Mr Dann was hit in the head and blood began to pour from the wound after suffering a 3cm laceration on his scalp, but he was later discharged from the hospital without treatment.
In a statement, Mr Dann said: “Since the attack, I have noticed more frequent migraines.
“The wound that I had was on the top of my head, which is remarkable and I must comment.
”I tried my best to move forward with my life. Now I grow my hair longer and get a haircut every six weeks. “
Ian Metcalfe, the defender, admitted Berry was “foolish, reckless and indiscriminate” in launching “an attack that is considered evil and dangerous.”
He said: “This offense puts her job in the most jeopardy.
”If she goes to jail or gets a suspended sentence that could be the end of it. “
He added: “I hope the court shows its humane and humane side and gives this woman one last chance. It is clearly impersonal.”
Sentencing Berry, Mr Recorder judge Jeremy Lasker said: “He [Henry] bit more then he could chew and it flared up violently.
“For about 30-40 seconds after that, you move towards the group and throw a full bottle of vodka at them and a second bottle about 30 seconds later. The first bottle hit complainant Paul Dann on the head.
“It was seen as lousy, stupid, reckless and dangerous.
“You acted on the impulse of the moment and it was beyond character. It’s a scary situation that you didn’t create yourself.
“The victim was completely innocent and suffered permanent head injuries.
“But I accept that you have shown genuine remorse and have demonstrated a considerable degree of depth about your reckless actions on the night in question.”
Berry was also ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work, 15 days of rehabilitation requirements, and a 60-day alcohol monitoring program.
She was also ordered to pay £750 in compensation to Mr Dann plus £350 in expenses. Henry pleaded guilty to drunkenness and disorderly conduct at the previous hearing.
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