Drunken woman bottled ex best pal after accusing her of sleeping with boyfriend
A woman who smashed a wine bottle over her former best friend’s head after accusing the victim of sleeping with her boyfriend has been jailed.
Pamela Saunders, 44, yelled: “Have this for knocking off my boyfriend” before launching the drunken attack in Truro, Cornwall, on September 3.
The women had known each other for nine years and been best friends before the relationship turned sour when Saunders accused the victim of having sex with her lover.
They crossed paths in Truro city centre when the victim was walking with her partner and passed Saunders, who was sitting in the doorway of The White Company shop.
Saunders was jailed for a year and nine months at Truro crown court after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.
Prosecutor Sally Daulton said drunken Saunders, holding the bottle by the neck, smashed it on the victim’s head causing it to shatter on impact.
In a jealous rage, Saunders went to hit the victim with the broken part and continued punching and kicking her after she fell to the ground.
The victim was taken to hospital where she was treated for a deep laceration to the eyebrow and cheek.
In a victim impact statement she describes being too scared to leave the house and having to leave Truro as a result of the attack. She has suffered permanent scarring and has partially lost mobility to her hand.
Francesca Whebell, defending, said: “She is in a different place in her life now. Prior to this incident her eldest daughter passed away and she got involved in two violent relationships, turning to alcohol as a coping strategy.
“She doesn’t drink anymore and is very remorseful and engaging with services regarding her mental health.”
Saunders also recently spent time living in two women’s refuges.
Passing sentence Judge Simon Carr said: “You experienced the loss of your daughter and entered into two violent relationships so used alcohol as a solution.
“The victim in this case had been your close friend for a number of years but a dispute had taken place.
“On the day in question she was simply walking through an urban area when she chanced upon you. You’d been drinking heavily and had in your hand a wine bottle.
“The footage shows you, without any provocation, advancing towards her holding the bottle by the neck as a weapon.
“Without warning you struck her with such force the bottle shattered. You continued to attack her on the floor and she has been left with permanent scarring.”
Judge Carr said he accepted that Saunders has showed real remorse and sentenced her to 21 months imprisonment.