Six months jail for mother who glassed woman

Julie Apsley of Newtownards in Northern Ireland, a 28 year old mother of five children, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, of which she will service at least 6 months, after she pleased guilty to causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) to another woman.

Ms Apsley and 28 year old Lisa Smyth were in a car when the incident happened on 28th October 2010. During a "robust verbal exchange" between the two women, Ms Apsley struck Ms Smyth with a glass causing a laceration to her right cheek. Ms Smyth has undergone plastic surgery but still has a large scar from her nose to her eye, and has been told that her face may "droop" in the future as a result of the injury sustained.

Ms Apsley initially denied the attack, but later entered a guilty plea to a single charge of GBH. Her solicitor asked the court to take into account her difficult upbringing, her previous battles with drink and drugs, and the abusive relationship she had suffered with a previous partner, and asked for a suspended sentence. Judge Corinne Philpott QC said the offence was too serious for a suspended sentence to be issued, but did tell Ms Apsley that it was importance her jail sentence keeps her apart from her youngest child for as little time as possible.

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