Curfew handed to Northampton mum-of-two after she assaulted man in town centre pub

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A mother-of-two who attacked a man in a Northampton pub with a glass and left him needing stitches was handed a nighttime curfew to curb her drinking.

Keeley Withington was also given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after causing injuries to a man at the Auctioneers public house in the Drapery, at around 1.30am on April 12.

Northampton Crown Court heard yesterday how Withington, 29, of, Lindsay Avenue, Abington, had a long-running dispute with the victim and had exchanged words with the man earlier in the evening.

She was “being a general nuisance” to him over the course of the night, prosecutor Rachel Law said, and bouncers had even removed her and her friend from the premises on one occasion.

But Withington had re-entered the venue from a side door and at around 1.30am threw a glass in the victim’s face.

The injury left the man needing six stitches to his face.

Sentencing her on a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, judge Michael Fowler, said: “You ought really to be going into custody today to punish you.

“But I have to recognise that would have an effect, not only on you, but on your children.

“It’s better to try and stop you committing further offences or behaving this way in the future.”

Miss Law said that, under police interview, Withington described herself as “quite drunk” having consumed a large amount of cider at home before heading out with her friend.

As part of her sentence, the mother-of-two will be on an electronic tag restricting her from going out between 7pm and 7am, for a period of two months.

She will also have to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Defending for her Brian McLernon, said: “In her defence she was already holding the glass, she did not pick it up to use as a weapon which put the offence in a far more serious category.”