A former Vincentia mother shoved a wine glass into her friend’s face, leaving the victim with life-changing injuries, Wollongong District Court heard yesterday.
Samantha Lea Black retaliated against her friend, thinking the woman had called her a “slut”, by pouring a glass of wine over her head and forcibly thrusting the glass into the woman’s face.
Black, who pleaded guilty to reckless wounding, was at Vincentia Golf Club with friends on October 3, 2010, when she attacked the woman, leaving the victim with a deep cut on her face.
The 25-year-old then moved interstate and didn’t speak to police until a year later, after a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Black, now living in Western Australia, yesterday conceded she hadn’t contacted authorities, but claimed she didn’t know the extent of the victim’s injuries.
The women, who had been friends for several years, were at the club separately on the night of the incident when they walked past each other, facts before the court said.
A witness, who was with Black, heard the victim say “she’s just a slut”, not directing it at anyone, but Black confronted the woman, stating: “Did you say that to me?”.
The victim replied: “No, the whole world doesn’t revolve around you.”
The witness then stood between the pair, but Black pushed past her and emptied her glass of wine onto the woman’s head before shoving the glass into her face.
Black left in a taxi before police arrived while the victim was taken to Shoalhaven Hospital.
The victim, also 25, was present in court yesterday when her mother read out a statement on her behalf, indicating the victim had suffered severe depression and anxiety as a result of the incident and still had fragments of glass in her face.
“Before the incident, I was happy, very outgoing and an extrovert who loved socialising,” the statement said.
“Now I don’t like to go out in public … my partner says I don’t like life any more.”
Black told the court she felt “horrible” about shoving the glass in the woman’ s face, particularly because the victim had been a good friend.
“I never meant for it to happen … it’s like a nightmare … I’m so sorry,” she said through tears.
She told the court she had been called a “slut” in high school and the word really affected her.
Defence barrister Jane Healey argued a full-time jail term would be “devastating’, particularly as Black had a young child, had shown deep remorse and had no criminal record.
Judge Paul Conlon acknowledged his hard-line stance on previous “glassing” incidents, but said he had to consider Black’s subjective case.
He adjourned the matter to next Thursday.
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