Jealous wife Natasha How glassed woman for chatting to husband
'JEALOUS' wife Natasha How glassed a woman in the face for chatting to her husband, a court heard.
The 30-year-old hit Amy Flook in The Registry, in Gloucester, scarring her for life.
Judge William Hart warned How, of Barge Arm East, the starting point for sentencing is six years in prison.
She admitted unlawfully wounding Ms Flook but denied any intent to cause grievous bodily harm. But the jury at Gloucester Crown Court took just 30 minutes to find her guilty.
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The court heard the accounts manager was in ' a fit of rage and jealousy' when she launched the attack in the Bruton Way bar, on January 21.
Julian Kesner, prosecuting, said: "The defendant attacked a woman she had never seen before in her life just because she happened to talk to the defendant's husband.
"She thrust a glass into Ms Flook's face and then further assaulted her on the ground.
"We say it was a deliberate attack fuelled by alcohol, rage and jealousy which has left a young woman scarred for life."
He said Ms Flook, who was with a friend, spoke to How's husband and had 'barely exchanged three to four sentences' before she was glassed.
"The defendant launched herself with a glass in her hand at Miss Flook. She pushed the glass into her face. Instead of stopping there, she followed it up with punches, kicks and hair pulling while Ms Flook was on the ground."
Mr Kesner said she suffered two wounds of 1.5cm each on her left cheek. She also had a small wound on her left eyebrow as well as scratches.
In evidence, How said she was "quite intoxicated" after drinking vodka and Champagne and she had only a hazy recollection of the night.
"I saw somebody talking to my husband who I obviously felt at the time was a bit overly friendly and I over-reacted to that," she said.
Her solicitor Joe Maloney asked her if she had intended to wound Ms Flook but she said she wanted only to "get her out of the way".
Asked how she felt about the injuries she had caused she said "awful".
After the hearing, Richard Payne, manager of Zest, in Eastgate Street, said it was a good example of why he was campaigning for plastic glasses in bars.
"It just makes sense as people do get drunk and sometimes do things they shouldn't," he said.
"This kind of thing is rare, we had a bottling in our club recently and it was the first in 12 years. But when it does happen it can ruin lives and in this case scar them for life."