Bride-to-be 'glassing' trial

A child minder from Newent in Gloucestershire has gone on trial for "glassing" a bride-to-be at her engagement party. Jennifer Eckley denies wounding Lucy Steers with intent in December 2012

"No one will want me looking after kids now I've glassed someone"

Jennifer Eckley is accused of wounding Lucy Steers with intent to cause grievous bodily harm Credit: Gloucestershire News Service

A child-minder is on trial for attacking a bride-to-be with a glass at her engagement party in Newent.

27-year-old Jennifer Eckley, who's from Newent denies wounding bride-to-be Lucy Steers with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on the night of 1 December last year at the George Hotel in the town.

She also denies assaulting another woman guest, Kate Taylor, by beating. She admits a less serious assault on Ms Steers and a charge of assault on Kate Taylor's sister, Nicola Taylor.

The jury at Gloucester Crown Court heard that the assaults on the Taylor sisters happened between 10.30-10.45pm.

They were sparked, the prosecutor said, by Nicola Taylor bad-mouthing Ms Eckley's boyfriend Mark Beacham.Nicola Taylor had gone out with Mr Beacham before Ms Eckley became his girlfriend.

Ms Steers was 'glassed' around an hour later.

The court was told Ms Eckley was arrested an hour after the glassing and made no comment - except to say to a police officer:

"No-one is going to want me to look after their kids now that I have glassed someone in the face."

Ms Eckley denies saying this and even that a glass was involved. The trial continues.

"One of the happiest days of her life became the worst"

Lucy Steers suffered a broken nose and other injuries to her face in the alleged attack Credit: Gloucestershire News Service

A jury has heard how a bride-to-be was disfigured at her engagement party when another woman 'glassed' her.

The prosecutor told Gloucester Crown Court it should have been one of the happiest days in Lucy Steers' life but the attack in December 2012 made it one of the worst.

She suffered a broken nose, a wound on her nose and cuts to the side of her nose and eye.

Jennifer Eckley from Newent denies wounding Ms Steers with intent to cause her grievous bodily harm at the George Hotel in the town.

She also denies assaulting another woman guest, Kate Taylor, by beating. She has admitted a less serious assault on Ms Steers and a charge of assault on Kate Taylor's sister, Nicola Taylor.

The trial continues.

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