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Takeaway worker left with facial scars after trying to retrieve fork from customer

By Paul Higgins

A Chinese takeaway worker who tried to retrieve a fork from a customer ended up with facial scars and needing four of her teeth replaced, a judge has heard.

Alannah Richardson and three friends had gone to the Dublin Road takeaway in the early hours of January 24, 2010, but one of them took a metal fork instead of a plastic one, Belfast Crown Court heard.

Prosecuting lawyer Kate McKay described how employee Jun Li went outside to where the friends were sitting in Richardson's car and "rapped on the window" in an effort to get the fork back.

Ms Li was "shouting through the window" but 24-year-old Richardson drove off while the Chinese woman was holding on to the door handle, causing her to tumble to the ground. That fall, said the lawyer, caused several scars to Ms Li's face and hands and she later had to have four teeth replaced with dentures.

Richardson, from the Soldierstown Road in Aghalee, was arrested and interviewed, and admitted that she had left the scene of the accident.

She was due to go on trial yesterday accused of causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving, but instead pleaded guilty to failing to stop, remain or report an accident. Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland imposed a £100 fine and a four week driving ban on Richardson, who also faces a potential civil claim.

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