Is this one of the most violent women in Gloucester? Judge thinks so
VIOLENT mum-of-two Emma Cox could have blinded a party-goer at a Stroud nightclub in an unprovoked attack, a court heard.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC said the 24-year-old had the worst record for violence he had seen for a woman her age.
Cox escaped a prison sentence on Wednesday following the attack on Ellen Thompson in the Warehouse nightclub on April 8.
Ms Thompson was dancing when Cox, of Chapel Street, poured a drink over her and then hit her over the head with a bottle.
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Cox denied assaulting her causing actual bodily harm and said she was acting in self-defence. The jury found her guilty.
She was remanded in custody nearly two weeks ago following the verdict and on Wednesday she was handed a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.
Gloucester Crown Court heard she had two previous convictions for battery, a further two for common assault and another one for assault causing actual bodily harm.
Defending, Dermot Clarke said the Gloucester waitress had been adopted at a young age and had spent much of her adult life searching for her real mum.
Judge Tabor told Cox as she broke down in the dock: “I cannot recall having a young woman who has been convicted of five offences of violence before. This was unprovoked and that is unattractive.
“In 24 years you have been before the court on more occasions than any other young woman I have met for offences of violence.”
The judge added: “You took exception to a girl who, from as far as I can judge, was doing nothing at all, although I suspect it was because you were jealous of her.
“Fortunately it was a plastic bottle, but if it were a glass bottle you would have blinded her.”
Jude Tabor said there was something inside Cox which created the anger realised by the taking of alcohol.
“I remanded you in custody in the hope and expectation that you will realise that to continue in this way will lead to your conclusion and that is a very long sentence,” he said.
“You are a bright young woman and you know perfectly well the example you are setting your children is the worst possible.”
Cox, previously of Summer Street, Stroud, was ordered to undergo supervision for two years, ordered to pay £250 compensation and was given a six-month daily curfew from 7pm to 6am to stop her from drinking.
The judge added: “You have been given an opportunity to get your life straight.
“Muck it up and no amount of crying in the dock will do you good.”