3:46pm Thursday 24th May 2012
A Yeadon mother-of-one struck another woman in the face with her stiletto heel during an argument at a Bradford nightclub, a court heard.
The victim suffered a fractured cheekbone after the Christmas Eve assault by Jodie Mulchrone, 23, who pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing grievous bodily harm.
The impact of the blow, the court heard, was millimetres from the victim’s eye.
Prosecutor Kathryn Walsh told Bradford Crown Court the victim – whose name was given as Miss Fleming – had been in the doorway of the NV nightclub in Great Horton Road when the defendant “bumped into” her, and an argument ensued.
She said Mulchrone took off both of her high-heeled stilettos, leaned around the doorman with one of the shoes in her hand and hit Miss Fleming to the left cheek with its pointed heel.
The victim was left with a fracture to the left cheekbone, bruising and reduced vision, the court heard, and had been blind in one eye for about three-and-a-half weeks after the assault.
Judge Colin Burn described the incident as “very unpleasant”. He said: “It is clear the impact was a matter of millimetres from her eye.
“If that had pierced her eye there is no doubt she would have lost her sight in that eye and you would have been losing your liberty for a long time.”
He said he felt he could suspend Mulchrone’s sentence and therefore avoid depriving her two-year-old daughter of her mother.
Mulchrone, of Park View, Yeadon, was given a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to abide by a curfew for the maximum possible period of 12 hours a night for six months.
She was made subject to supervision for 18 months and must take part in a medium level activity requirement for up to 30 days.
Manisha Singh, mitigating, said no permanent damage or injuries had been sustained by the victim.
She said Mulchrone had been disgusted by her behaviour and was sorry for the harm she had caused.
The court heard Mulchrone had struck out after feeling intimidated as a reaction to Miss Fleming’s “aggressive behaviour”.
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