Friday, May 25, 2012

Claire Stephens who left Rachel Spikula fighting for life after glass attack walks free after judge calls her a 'decent young woman'

An accounts manager who left a student fighting for her life after smashing a wine glass into her neck walked free after a judge described her as a ‘decent young woman’.

Pretty blonde Claire Stephens, 23, attacked Rachel Spikula after the pair knocked into each other on the dance floor at Club 49 in London’s West End.

The American national was rushed to hospital in a passing ambulance after suffering a severed artery in the assault in the early hours of June 11, 2011.

Prosecutor Gavin Ludlow-Thompson said the victim would have been in serious danger had she not been treated so quickly.

‘Suggestions have been made that if the ambulance had not been there and the immediate treatment not been available this victim might very well have lost her life,’ he said.

But Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith spared Stephens from a jail term after hearing she was a ‘decent, hardworking, young woman.’ Read More