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A woman who glassed another woman in the face leaving her with permanent scarring after a fight in a village pub has been warned a custodial sentence was “almost inevitable” after being found guilty of unlawful wounding.
Emma Pyle, 41 was alleged to have pushed her wine glass into the face of the victim, a staff nurse, after a fight broke out between the two of them at the Crown in Dickleburgh after an argument at the bar.
Pyle, of Smiths Close, Dickleburgh, has been on trial at Norwich Crown Court having denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent on December 1 last year and also an alternative charge of wounding.
But she was yesterday found guilty of unlawful wounding by the jury of seven men and five women who had taken just over four hours to reach their unanimous verdict.
Judge Nicholas Coleman, who adjourned sentencing until October 4 so that reports can be carried out, granted Pyle conditional bail until the hearing but warned her that given what he knew of the case “a custodial sentence was almost inevitable”.
During the trial Philip Farr, prosecuting, said that the victim asked Pyle what the problem was and Pyle then threw her wine at the victim.
It ended up with the two women involved in a tussle in which they were pulling each other by the hair before Pyle then pushed her wine glass into the face of the victim causing a deep wound to her chin.
The fight shocked onlookers in the pub and one witness described how blood was pouring out from the wound.
The 23-year-old victim described how she felt a blow to the side of her face and then realised she had been injured when she saw blood.
She had to be taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for treatment and has had to have plastic surgery but has still been left with some scarring to her chin.
Mr Farr said after the incident Pyle is alleged to have been “gloating” and was overheard saying she hoped the victim “bleeds to death.”
Jonathan Goodman, for Pyle said there was an altercation and the victim ended up being cut on the chin by a glass but said the injury had been caused by accident.
Pyle, who was tearful as she gave evidence in her defence also told the jury how she did not intend to harm the woman but just wanted to push her away.
She denied making any comments about the victim bleeding to death and said she had not realised how serious the injury was until she was arrested.