9-year-old 'scarred for life' as bottle thrown at car

A man from County Durham has been sentenced to 8 months following an assault which left a 9-year-old girl "scarred for life" according to Durham Crown Court.

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Impact on 9-year-old and her family is 'devastating'

Sergeant Michael McGowan of Durham Police has said he hopes the result of today's conviction will allow Abbie Keers and her family some kind of closure.

24-year-old Matthew McCrea threw a beer bottle on to a dual-carriageway in Stanley as Abbie was being driven by her grandmother, shattering the window and causing the 9-year-old permanent facial scars.

He has been jailed for eight months by a judge at Durham Crown Court.

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Man drank 15 beers before throwing bottle at car

Matthew McCrea has been jailed for eight months at Durham Crown Court

A 9-year-old gymnast was scarred for life by flying glass when a beer bottle was thrown through a car window in County Durham.

After drinking 15 bottles of lager, 24-year-old Matthew McCrea threw one of the bottles on to a dual-carriageway in Stanley as Abbie Keers was being driven by her grandmother.

Abbie was showered in glass when the front passenger window shattered and her face was covered in blood.

He was jailed for eight months by a judge at Durham Crown Court after he admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

She was taken to hospital where she stayed overnight and underwent plastic surgery the next day as she needed stitches to her nose and both eyelids. She has been told by doctors the scars will be permanent.

Outside court, Sergeant Michael McGowan said they hoped that the sentence "will bring some closure to Abbie and her family as well as allowing Matthew McCrea the opportunity to consider the consequences of his actions on that night in February."

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9-year-old has plastic surgery for facial scars

Abbie Keers was injured after a bottle was thrown through the window of a car she was the passenger in. It happened on the A693 in Stanley in February 2014.

Matthew McCrea, who is from Stanley, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was sentenced to 8 months in prison.

Sandra Webb, Abbie's grandmother, says the incident has left Abbie with permanent scars to her face.

9-year-old 'scarred for life' as bottle thrown at car

Abbie Keers was injured after a bottle was thrown through the window of a car she was the passenger in.

A man from County Durham has been sent to jail for an assault which left a 9-year-old girl "scarred for life" according to Durham Crown Court.

Abbie Keers was injured after a bottle was thrown through the window of a car she was the passenger in.

Matthew McCrea, 24, from Stanley pleaded guilty for assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was sentenced to 8 months in prison. Half of the sentence will be served behind bars and the other half will be on licence.

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Jail warning after bottle injury

A man who badly cut a young gymnast's face when he threw a bottle at the car she was travelling in has been warned to expect jail.

Abbie Keers, 9, was a passenger in the Fiat Punto when the window shattered.

Matthew McCrea, 24, of Tyne Vale, Stanley, County Durham, has previously admitted causing actual bodily harm on the basis that the bottle inadvertently hit the car when he threw it from an underpass in the town on February 14.

The prosecution said it did not necessarily accept that basis of plea, but was not in a position to disprove it. Sentence was adjourned until August 1.

"You should put your affairs in order before you return."

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