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Woman who glassed love rival in face loses appeal

A Ballymena woman jailed for smashing a glass into the face of a love rival has failed in a bid to have her conviction overturned.



The Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that the guilty verdict returned against Denise Boyd for wounding Sarah Gardiner with intent to cause grievous bodily harm was safe.

Boyd (30) was ordered to serve 18 months in prison and 30 months on licence for the attack at a nightclub in Ballymena, Co Antrim.

Her lawyers had challenged the conviction on the basis of two allegedly conflicting accounts given by the victim.

They focused on the failure to cross-examine Ms Gardiner about the contents of a criminal injury application form which, it was claimed, differed significantly from her version of events to police and at trial.

She was left with a facial scar which required nine stitches after being injured at the Countryman Inn in April 2009. Ms Gardiner testified at the trial that Boyd, from Lettercreeve, Ballymena, lashed out and smashed a glass into her face.

She gave evidence about having previously gone out with Boyd's boyfriend and suggested the attack on her was fuelled by jealousy.

However, the appellant claimed she was the one subjected to an unprovoked assault which ended in Ms Gardiner accidentally injuring herself.

Boyd's legal team contended this was a central issue at the trial and should have been put to Ms Gardiner.

Ruling on the appeal, Mr Justice Hart accepted it showed an inconsistency but gave it less significance.

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