Ex-businesswoman glassed teen and scarred her for life in drunken pub row over a seat

A SANDWICH shop owner who smashed a bottle into a teenager's face during a drunken row over a stolen seat in a pub has been jailed.

Kelly Dunning, 36, glassed Casey Pritchard, 18, with tumbler of vodka after the teenager asked if she could move so her friend could sit beside her.

Dunning had spotted a chair was empty when Miss Pritchard's friend left it to go the toilet in the Stockport pub.

She sat down in her place only to take violent umbrage when she was asked to move moments later.

The disgraced mum even demanded the 18-year-old went outside with her for a fight and threatened that she would set her own teenage daughter on her.

Miss Pritchard suffered wounds to her forehead and the bridge of her nose and has been left with permanent scarring to her face.

Police who arrested Dunning, of Brinnington, Stockport, Greater Manchester discovered she was in breach of a suspended jail term for threatening her own daughter at knifepoint and had also been issued with a five year Criminal Behaviour Order following trouble with her neighbours.

She blamed her violent behaviour on resorting to "extreme alcohol abuse" after her boyfriend left her on the night she had attended the funeral of one of her parents.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Dunning who formerly owned a sandwich shop admitted unlawful wounding and was jailed for 22 months.


The incident occurred on September 14 last year after Miss Pritchard was out with friends at the Cheshire Line Tavern in Cheadle, Stockport.

Prosecuting Miss Nicola Carroll said: “The defendant at one point then offered to get her daughter down who is roughly the same age as Miss Pritchard, to fight her. The defendant then picked up Miss Pritchard’s drink, containing vodka, and threw it into her face both the glass and the contents hit her in the face causing wounds to her forehead and the bridge of her nose.

“Bar staff contacted the emergency services, the defendant had left the scene however CCTV was obtained, the defendant was identified and that led to her arrest.

"The complainant says because of this incident her confidence has been knocked, she had permanent scars and she is very self-conscious. It has made her feel as if she doesn’t want to leave the house, her employers were unhappy that she had to take time off work."

Dunning had 21 previous convictions mainly for driving whilst drunk and numerous breaches of court orders.

In October 2017 she was given 18 months jail suspended for two years for possession of a bladed article and threatening behaviour after she was arrested for attacking her daughter after learning she was moving out.

During the incident Dunning, who was drinking up to two bottles of wine a day, used the knife to tear her daughter's clothes saying: “This is how you want it, this is how we play it”.

She also branded her daughter a slag, slut and a dog before adding: "Get the f*** out of my house'' before throwing a knife at a passing car.

In mitigation defending barrister Thomas Mckail said: “She has had difficulties on and off throughout her life with alcohol prior to 2017 she was in a relationship for nine years she owned a sandwich shop and ran it with another person.

“She had two children of her own her 18-year-old daughter and a younger child, she was a carer for her grandparents who were both terminally ill with cancer and dementia, they were bed bound. "She had a close bond with them and her life was positive and stable."

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