Woman who permanently disfigured best friend after raising glass with Champagne flute jailed for three years

A COLLEGE student who left her friend permanently disfigured after throwing a glass in her face with a champagne flute has been jailed.

Courtney Ridgeway, 21, brutally assaulted his girlfriend after an altercation broke out at an assisted living complex in Leeds, West Yorks.

Ridgeway was jailed after raising his friend a glass of champagne


Ridgeway was jailed after raising his friend a glass of champagneCredit: SWNS

She had known her victim for seven months and had been good friends before that incident.

Ridgeway hit the woman in the face with a glass flute, injuring her so badly that her skull could be seen.

She was jailed for two years and 11 months after pleading guilty to unlawful injury.

Leeds Crown Court announced that the incident took place on December 27, 2019, with a witness discovering Ridgeway’s brother arguing with a woman outside the property.

The victim asked Ridgeway to leave before punching her, causing her to crack her lip.

Ridgeway retaliated by grabbing the woman by the hair and the two began fighting.

Staff at the facility intervened and stopped the altercation, and the victim was led into her bedroom by a healthcare worker.

But the court heard that Ridgeway then hit the victim on the side of the head with a broken Champagne flute.

One witness described witnessing an angry Ridgeway banging the glass against the wall before using it to attack the victim.

Police recovered a broken champagne flute, which contained the DNA of Ridgeway and the victim.

After her arrest, Ridgeway told the officers, “You should lock her up, too.

“I spoke to her on the phone, and we were all sorted out.”

The court said the victim had a 5cm deep cut near his temple, which had to be cleaned and X-rayed.

She provided a statement to the court describing how she was permanently scarred.

‘Mother’s Heat’

Michael Walsh, mitigated, said Ridgeway was 19 years old at the time of the offence, and hasn’t had any trouble since.

He said his client carried out the attack “in the heat of the moment” after being provoked.

He added that she is currently taking an art and design course in college and working part-time for a food retail store.

Sentencing her, judge Tom Bayliss QC said: “What caused the fight and why you fought is immaterial.

“It was broken and a care worker was on duty [the victim] back to his apartment.

“Unfortunately, you didn’t give up the fight.

“You burst into the bedroom. You break a glass of champagne, as you admit you did, and you hit her in the face with shards of broken glass.

“I am pleased that since committing the crime that you have tried to leave it behind your back.

“But I’m afraid to say that I am of the opinion that it is inevitable that there should be a detention sentence in this case.”

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