Woman, 22, glassed Wetherspoons worker after eating chicken from nearby customer's table

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Hollie Crutchley has been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to wounding. (Reach)
Hollie Crutchley has been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to wounding. (Reach)

A woman who attacked a Wetherspoons worker during a row over a chicken basket has avoided jail.

Hollie Crutchley, 22, injured a staff member at the Wheatsheaf pub in Cheadle after she was told to pay for some food she had taken from a nearby table and eaten.

Crutchley was in the pub on 14 August last year when she and another person took a basket of chicken belonging to other customers before eating the contents.

After an off-duty staff member told her she would have to pay for the food, Crutchley reacted by throwing the contents of a drink at her.

Hollie Crutchley injured a staff member at the Wheatsheaf pub in Cheadle. (Reach)
Hollie Crutchley injured a staff member at the Wheatsheaf pub in Cheadle. (Reach)

Crutchley, then threw her gin glass at the woman, which cut her as she raised her arms to protect herself.

Now Crutchley, of Springhill Terrace, Rugeley, has been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to wounding at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Saleema Mahmood, mitigating, said Crutchley is of previous good character, telling the court: “The glass was thrown. It was done recklessly. The injury was minimal.

"She is extremely remorseful."

As part of the suspended sentence Crutchley must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 20 days and 120 hours unpaid work.

She must also pay her victim £500 compensation.

Hollie Crutchley has been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months. (Reach)
Hollie Crutchley has been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months. (Reach)

Judge David Fletcher said: "Your response to being challenged was to throw liquid at her. You picked up a second glass.

“It was reckless, foolish and extremely dangerous.”

Fletcher said he hoped Crutchley would still be able to keep her job as an estate agent but her father told The Sun that she had now been sacked.

He said: "She is sorry for what happened, it has affected her mentally and now she has lost her career over it.”

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