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Barrow nightclub attacker posted warning to victim on Facebook

A CONFRONTATION between three women at a Barrow nightspot ended in a “nasty attack”, a court heard.

Stefanie Quarrell, 27, of The Headlands, Askam and Charlotte Reynolds, 21, of King Alfred Street, Barrow appeared for sentencing at Furness Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The pair had previously pleaded guilty to assaulting Sophie Austerfield in Broadway nightclub in Cavendish Street, on August 31.

During the attack, Quarrell punched the victim and banged her head repeatedly against a pool table.

Reynolds also admitted punching Ms Austerfield during the incident before the women were separated by other nightclub customers.

The court heard that the assault had been sparked by a longstanding disagreement between the women that dated back 10 years. Ms Austerfield, who had no recollection of the assault, was taken by paramedics to Furness General Hospital where she was treated for a variety of injuries.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said Quarrell had later posted messages on Facebook about the attack saying Ms Austerfield was “going to learn the hard way”.

Miss Cath McAteer, defending, said: “What’s overriding here is they’ve never been in trouble before.

“They’ve never been in a police station and they’ve never been charged. This is so out of the ordinary this incident.”

Presiding magistrate, Mrs Lynne Slavin described the incident as a “really nasty attack”.

Addressing Quarrell, she said: “This was a sustained attack involving punching and hitting the victim’s head against a pool table followed by vindictive messages on Facebook.”

Quarrell was given a four month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and ordered to perform 150 hours of unpaid work and pay an £80 victim surcharge.

Reynolds was given 100 hours of unpaid work and a £60 surcharge.

Both defendants had an eight-week curfew imposed on them between the hours of 7pm and 7am.

They were also ordered to pay £325 in costs and £100 in compensation.

A drinking banning order was placed on both women preventing them from entering the Broadway nightclub for 12 months.

Mrs Slavin said: “You have never been in trouble before and there’s no reason to think you will be in trouble again but you need to understand the consequences if you do.”

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The fact they haven't been in a Police Station before does not deem their actions out of character, it shows only that they have not previously been caught. What Mrs Slavin should have said was, "You have never been caught before and without punishment I believe it likely you may reoffend."

Posted by Compo on 12 December 2013 at 17:50

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