Exmouth mum jailed for glassing a stranger

15:06 20 June 2014


A single mum from Exmouth has been jailed after glassing a stranger in a pub.

A single mother from Exmouth has been jailed for hurling a glass into the face of a stranger because he was not interested in talking to her about her toddler son.

Exeter Crown Court heard how Charlotte Needs, from Withycombe Raleigh, was on a rare night out when she became upset with victim James Skinner, who was sitting opposite her at a pub in Exmouth.

She hurled her drink at him, picked up another glass and threw the contents across the table at him and then threw the empty glass into his face from point blank range.

The entire incident was captured by CCTV which covered the beer garden of the Spoken pub, in The Strand, Exmouth.

The court heard how the glass narrowly missed Mr Skinner’s eye but left a cut on his eyebrow, which needed hospital treatment.

The victim is an amateur footballer and boxer and had to take time off from the sports because of the injury.

Needs, aged 27, of Lyndhurst Road, Exmouth, admitted causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for four months by Judge Barry Cotter, QC.

He told her: “It was only by sheer luck and divine intervention this injury was not more serious. He could have lost an eye.

“You were sat across a table and talking to him when something he said was a trigger for your loss of temper. You used a glass as a weapon in an unprovoked assault.

“He was minding his own business and you chose to speak to him. Anything he may have said about your son does not approach provocation.

“The victim had to take time off work because he was embarrassed by the injury. He is an amateur boxer but seems to be taking it all in his stride.”

Miss Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said Needs was in the pub beer garden at about 10 pm on the night of October 5 last year sat on the opposite side of the table from the victim.

She said CCTV did not show any interaction between the two people, who did not know each other. It showed Needs throwing the contents of two glasses at Mr Skinner and swinging a glass which she threw just inches from his face.

The glass caused a wound just above his eye, which needed stitching in hospital, and bruising to the side of his face.

Mr Skinner made a victim impact statement in which he said he felt embarrassed at work and his boxing and football activities were affected.

Mr Nick Bradley, defending, said Needs is a single mother who is the sole carer for 18 month old son. At the time she had just left her parents’ home and was unstable and depressed. She had since found a new home and settled down.

Mr Bradley said: “The injury could have been much worse and is masked by the victim’s eyebrow. She does not have an issue with alcohol. As a single mother her opportunities to go out were limited to a couple of times every six months.

“She accepts when she went out that because of her non-use of alcohol her tolerance level was low on the night in question.

“As far as she can recall he made some remark when he was talking to her. “She was talking about her child, who was very much the focus of her life, and the complainant had not been interested.”

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:30
Hillside House is set to become a care home

The owners of two Exmouth care homes are transforming an East Devon restaurant for their latest venture.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:38
AA Awards

Recognition from industry’s ‘Oscars’ helps put county on the map

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Police are continuing efforts to improve the school run traffic situation outside Brixington Primary School.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:09
Exeter's Fanzone, in Northenhay Gardens

Sports fans can still enjoy watching the rest of the Rugby World Cup at Exeter’s Fanzone, despite England’s early exit from the tournament.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:36
Kate Ponting and Phil Clayton have been offering guided cycling tours of the heathland around Woodbury Common. Ref exe 0163-40-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Families have been given the chance to find out about the natural history of East Devon - on two wheels.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:32
Beacon School sports. Ref exe 2041-39-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Children at The Beacon Church of England Primary School took advantage of some early Autumn sunshine by competing in an afternoon of sports.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:10
Emile Ghessen - frontline film maker

A dad from Exmouth - who went to school with terrorist ‘Jihadi John’ - has travelled around Iraq by taxi, armed only with a camera, to document western fighters’ frontline battle to bring down Islamic State militants.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

Police have successfully clamped down on antisocial behaviour and shoplifting in Exmouth’s town centre.

Read more
Mon, 16:30
Bassetts Farm primary were first in the Best Wildlife Garden cateogory in the Exmouth in Bloom competiton and youngsters are pictured with bloom members and Karen Turner from Birds and Bees who presented them with a hamper. Ref exe 2593-40-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Green-fingered school children have been rewarded for their efforts, after picking up prizes in Exmouth in Bloom’s local gardens competition.

Read more
Mon, 12:30
Aerial view of Exmouth Ref: 23-05-0043SH

A new ‘state-of-the-art’ patrol boat costing up to £60,000 could be taking to the waters of the River Exe to catch troublesome jet-skiers.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Search for a job in Exmouth

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Find planning applications