Plymouth woman attacked clubber and kicked her in the face
A WOMAN who hit a stranger on the head with a bottle and kicked the victim repeatedly in the face in a nightclub told police it was a "little fight", a court heard.
Chantal McMillan, aged 22, left the woman with a fractured eye socket but carried on clubbing at another bar, Plymouth Crown Court was told.
McMillan pulled Kylie Jones to the floor by her hair, smashed a plastic bottle over her head and then kicked her as she lay on the floor.
Judge Paul Darlow said it was a "sustained attack" on a woman who was "minding her own business".
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But he said he was just able to suspend her prison sentence. McMillan, of Salisbury Road, St Judes, admitted assaulting the woman causing grievous bodily harm in the city on April 14 this year.
Nick Lewin, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said McMillan and Miss Jones were with the respective groups of friends on the dance floor of Revolution at Derry's Cross at about midnight.
He added some members of the two groups bumped into each other and Miss Jones suggested to McMillan that she move away with her friends.
Mr Lewin said McMillan became aggressive and Miss Jones pushed her away, causing her to fall to the floor.
He added McMillan grabbed Miss Jones's hair with one hand and hit her to the head with a plastic bottle with the other.
Mr Lewin said: "She pulled her to the floor and kicked her repeatedly to the face and head."
He added McMillan made a "swift exit" but bar manager Katie Bunker visited other clubs with police and identified McMillan.
Mr Lewin said she swore at officers and dismissed the assault as a "little fight".
Deni Matthews handed in several references about McMillan to the judge.
He said she had suffered "shame and embarrassment" at what he called a "criminal over-reaction" to the push.
Mr Matthews added that the offence was "out of character" and there was a low risk of re-offending.
Judge Darlow said: "You are a hard-working person who is independent and you have pulled yourself up into the position of responsibility you hold. You hold down a responsible job."
He gave her a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with an eight-month order excluding her from licensed premises in Union Street, Royal Parade, the Barbican and Derrys Cross.
McMillan was also ordered to pay Miss Jones £800 in compensation.