A couple who carried out a vicious attack on a female security officer at a Glastonbury bar as she called time at the end of the night have both been sentenced to community orders.
Ashley King (previously Winsor) and Lori Andrews-Kissane were drinking at the Bocabar when the victim told everyone the bar was closed at 12.30am.
King suddenly grabbed her round the neck with his arm and poured an unfinished drink over her head leaving her fearing she was about to be choked.
After he was thrown out of the premises his partner then turned on the same security guard and started swearing and shouting abuse.
She then grabbed a glass and brought it down onto the victim’s face leaving a small cut by her eye and showering her with the remaining drink inside. She then threw the glass against a wall causing it to smash.
King, 27, of George Street, Glastonbury and Andrews-Kissane, 20, of Tynings Road, Street, appeared in the dock together before Somerset Magistrates at Yeovil.
They both previously pleaded not guilty to assaulting Elaine Shepherd by beating her at Street on February 11 last year but were found guilty following a trial.
Prosecutor Suzie Butler said that on the day in question the couple were at the Bocabar club when Miss Shepherd, who worked as a security officer, went to the smoking area to tell members of the public that the bar had closed.
King stepped towards her displaying intimidating body language so she put down the glasses she was holding and put her hand on his chest.
“King then looped his arm around her neck and held her, and with his other hand he upended a drink over the victim,” she said.
“Miss Shepherd was in fear because he had a tight grip around her neck and she was afraid she was about to be choked.
“Witnesses and colleagues moved in and got King to release his grip and he was escorted from the premises.”
A few minutes later the victim was telling people to leave the bar when she was suddenly confronted by Andrews-Kissane who stood close to her and said: “We need to sort out your attitude”.
“Miss Shepherd raised her arms and Andrews-Kissane started swearing in her face and then grabbed her arm,” said Miss Butler.
“The defendant had a glass in her free hand and brought it down on the victim’s face, cutting her eye, and there was fluid still in the glass which came out and the victim thought it was her own blood.”
The defendant threw the glass against a wall causing it to smash and both her and King were later interviewed by police.
Andrews-Kissane said she had not said anything to the victim and admitted throwing her drink at her to try and get her off her. King refused to comment to all questions.
Miss Butler said the incident had left Miss Shepherd feeling scared and shaken and it had left her contemplating whether to continue working in the security industry.
In a statement she said: “Being assaulted should not be part of my role, and since the incident I have only worked one shift as a security officer.”
Gareth Needs, defending Andrews-Kissane said the glass did not break during the assault and the victim suffered a minor cut to the eye area, but his client now expressed regret about the incident.
He said: “She has no previous convictions and this offence occurred nearly a year ago and she has not been in trouble with the police since.”
King, who works as a self-employed roofer, said that he felt very bad about what had happened to the victim adding that nobody should have to go through what she did while at work.
King was sentenced to a 12 month community order with 60 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £350 compensation to Miss Shepherd along with £150 costs and an £85 surcharge.
Andrews-Kissane was also given a 12 month order but with a 15 day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. She was also fined £138 and ordered to pay the victim £350 compensation along with costs and a surcharge.
Source – SomersetLive