A woman who was assaulted on a nightclub dance floor has been awarded £250 criminal injury compensation.
At the time of the assault, Melissa Hamilton was dancing in a Bolton nightclub when another woman, Astra Ivill, 19, hit her around the face with a glass bottle.
Ivill was not jailed but ordered to pay the compensation to her victim.
In court, she stated she remembered nothing about the incident but did accept she was responsible for it and pleaded guilty.
Miss Hamilton was treated at the Royal Bolton Hospital after suffering gashes to her face and head. She was given stitches and her wounds were ‘glued’ back together.
In court it transpired that the attack happened in February two years ago and came about after Ivill bumped into Miss Hamilton a few times on the dance floor.
Prosecutor Michael Wallbank said: “There was a brief altercation.
“It is then said the defendant struck the victim in the face with the bottle and twice more on the back of the head.
“The victim ended up on the floor.”
Ivill plays a prominent role in her grandfather’s life and lives with him, and has a responsible job at the Child Support Agency.
The judge ordered Ivill to pay compensation to Miss Hamilton, and complete 120 hours of unpaid work.
Richard Osborne, Recorder, said: “I accept this was impulsive and to this extent out of character, but it was a very serious assault involving a bottle which could have been much more serious than it was.”
The judge added the injuries caused were “very nasty”.
Due to Ivill’s legal team launching a challenge and abandoning it at the 11th hour, the trial had proved to be very costly for the taxpayer.