Drunk businesswoman, 39, who glassed a pub drinker after he wrongly guessed she ... trends now

Drunk businesswoman, 39, who glassed a pub drinker after he wrongly guessed she ... trends now
Drunk businesswoman, 39, who glassed a pub drinker after he wrongly guessed she ... trends now

Drunk businesswoman, 39, who glassed a pub drinker after he wrongly guessed she ... trends now

A drunk businesswoman who glassed a pub drinker after he wrongly guessed her age has been spared jail after a female judge said 'one person's banter may be insulting to others'.

Mother-of-one Joanne Dodd, 39, flew into a rage and attacked Carl Cooper after he suggested she was 43 during a light-hearted exchange in the beer garden of the Unicorn pub in Manchester city centre on September 9 last year.

Mr Cooper fled to the toilet in a bid to get away from the heated situation, but when he came out Dodd ran towards him and twice shoved her wine glass in his face.

He was left with a four inch laceration to his face, narrowly missing his eye, and an injury to his thumb. 

When quizzed Dodd, who runs a firm which organises children's sleepover parties, said she was suffering from 'low self esteem' at the time and said the banter was 'disobliging' towards her.

Mother-of-one Joanne Dodd flew into a rage when a man guessed she was four years older than she was

Mother-of-one Joanne Dodd flew into a rage when a man guessed she was four years older than she was

When quizzed, Dodd said she was suffering from 'low self esteem' at the time and said the banter was 'disobliging' towards her

When quizzed, Dodd said she was suffering from 'low self esteem' at the time and said the banter was 'disobliging' towards her

Dodd, now 40, runs a business which organises children's sleepover parties

Dodd, now 40, runs a business which organises children's sleepover parties

The incident occurred int he Unicorn pub (pictured) in Manchester city centre on September 9 last year

The incident occurred int he Unicorn pub (pictured) in Manchester city centre on September 9 last year

At Manchester Crown Court, Dodd, who is from Swinton in Salford, faced up to three years in jail under sentencing guidelines after she admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.

However, she was spared jail and handed a suspended sentence after Judge Elizabeth Nicholls said she was a 'dedicated, hardworking woman' who posed no risk to the public.

The judge told Dodd: 'It is obvious that you had been drinking heavily and there was undoubtedly some verbal exchange between you and the other group.

'You did not appreciate the comments made by Mr Cooper and one person's banter may be insulting to other people but that did not justify what you then went on to do.

'You were seen to be approaching him, throwing your drink over him and then striking him deliberately in the face with the glass that you had. Your conduct was incomprehensible.

'The only explanation that can really be put forward is that you were under the influence of drink, which does you no credit. 

'It was no doubt traumatic for Mr Cooper and it would have had an impact on him. Fortunately he seems to have made a good recovery.

'I have seen the photo where the scar is barely noticeable but to him it will be a constant reminder of your conduct on that night. There was a very unpleasant injury, it is a grave injury, but fortunately there is no permanent disfigurement.'

The judge added: 'There is no mitigation about the circumstances of the offence itself but there is mitigation in relation to you. 

'You are a woman with no previous convictions. You have never been

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