Glasgow woman admits smashing glass in Belfast clubber's face
A young woman scarred for life after being glassed in the face in an unprovoked attack has spoken of her relief after her Scottish attacker pleaded guilty.
Belfast woman Natasha Quinn (21) was left with a deep laceration on her face that required more than a dozen external sutures, in addition to a number of internal stitches.
She was attacked by Glasgow woman Alexandria McNairn, also aged 21, at El Divino nightclub on the east bank of the River Lagan last June.
It was claimed that McNairn kicked Ms Quinn on the back of the legs before grabbing her by the throat and smashing a glass into her forehead.
The resulting cresent moon-shaped deep laceration has left Ms Quinn with a scar. Speaking outside Belfast's Laganside Courthouse yesterday, Ms Quinn said she was "feeling a lot better" after McNairn pleaded guilty to unlawful and malicious wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
Ms Quinn said that she was also relieved as McNairn's plea had spared her from the ordeal of having to relive the trauma of the unprovoked slashing by giving evidence in open court, as she "didn't really want to go through with that".
"It definitely has brought about a bit of closure for me and the fact she is going to be sentenced. I've got some justice, and I am also glad about that," she said.
McNairn was to have gone on trial at Belfast Crown Court, but after her guilty plea she was allowed to return to her Dunbarton Road home.
Judge Gordon Kerr QC explained to McNairn that the fact he was freeing her was no indication of the sentence she could ultimately expect.
McNairn will be sentenced once pre-sentence reports on her from the probation authorities are submitted to the court for consideration, and a victim impact report completed.