Former X-Factor contestant avoids jail sentence

An X Factor hopeful from Gateshead who was axed from the show after she glassed her boyfriend has avoided jail.

21-year-old Lucie Slater was sentenced to 51 weeks in prison suspended for two years, a two-year supervision order and 120 hours of community service.

The couple were drinking together at his house when she came across a message on Facebook that she did not like, the court heard.

She hit him with a glass and threw the laptop across the room. He rushed to the shower to try to wash the blood off and she then drove him to hospital.

She first claimed that he fell down the stairs but later admitted what happened, the court was told.

Slater was part of girl band Quantro but they were thrown off the ITV talent show when the attack came to light.

"I have listened carefully to the account and I have to say that drink played a greater role than is now suggested.

I also take into account the effect of your actions on Mr Aitken.

All that he has ever sought in these proceedings was an acknowledgement of what happened."

– Judge Toby Hedworth

"I really did not think she was capable of something like that.

We are not speaking to each other now but there's so much to say.

I still love her and I want to know why she did it. It's a really sad love story.

We did not plan our future like this. Instead of us breaking up, we have been ripped apart.

It was an act of stupidness from her and she has caused a lot of damage."

– William Aitken