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Saturday 19 April 2014

Actress avoids jail after she scarred barman with glass

AN actress and Trinity graduate has avoided jail after smashing a glass into a barman's face, leaving him with a scar.

Tanya Wilson (27), of Eugene Street, Dublin 8, admitted causing harm at The Mezz in Temple Bar on February 2.

She also admitted two other counts of assault and one of obstructing gardai.

The court heard she slapped and head-butted another staff member, punched a garda several times and obstructed other gardai by attempting to kick and hit them while they were searching her.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Garda Paul Grey said the young Brazilian barman was going to collect ice in the Mezz bar when he saw Wilson in the storeroom area arguing with another staff member and saying: "Everything is shit, this is a shit party."

Gda Grey told the court Wilson later slapped the barman across the face and chased him with a glass in her hand when he confronted her in the storeroom area a second time.

He said that she was acting "really crazy" and he put up his hand up to try and block her. He then followed her out a fire escape and put his hand on her arm to calm her down.

Wilson then said: "You can't touch me, I'm a girl," and smashed the glass into the barman's face.

The victim later received three stitches across the bridge of his nose, which left a scar, and was also treated for secondary wounds.

The accused also punched and slapped another staff member who was trying to calm her down before she was restrained on the floor.

Gda Grey said when he arrived at the scene Wilson punched him several times, saying: "Don't f***king touch me."

Brendan Foley, defending, told the court his client had no previous convictions and accepted full responsibility for her actions and was extremely remorseful.

Wilson brought €2,500 to court as a token of her remorse, which was accepted on behalf of the Brazilian barman.

Judge Patrick McCartan imposed an 18-month sentence, suspended on condition that she maintains good behaviour and continues with her alcohol counselling.

Irish Independent

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