Exmouth woman glassed Royal Marine
PUBLISHED: 14:14 16 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:14 16 November 2016
An Exmouth woman who glassed a Royal Marine after she saw him kissing a fellow commando in a pub has been given a suspended jail sentence
A 27-year-old woman from Exmouth received a suspended jail sentence after admitting attacking a Royal Marine in a pub; glassing him after seeing him kiss a fellow commando.
Annabel Littlemore, of Montpellier Road, Exmouth, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm in May.
She was jailed for 12 weeks, suspended for two years, ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work in the community, pay the commando £500 compensation and £85 court costs.
Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard how Littlemore thought the marines were ‘married’ and openly gay.
But the prosecutor said they were ‘pretending to be gay’ before she attacked one of the servicemen with a glass.
Littlemore claimed Marine Aaron Vandenberg became ‘threatening and surly’ over the misunderstanding and any other woman would be given a beating for it.
Lawyer Peter Woodley, defending, said Littlemore was out enjoying a friend’s birthday in a pub in Exmouth, Devon, last May.
He said: “She was not particularly intoxicated. She was compliant, coherent and cooperated with the police.”
The court heard she went to the bar and saw a couple of men – Royal Marines – who were kissing each other, said Mr Woodley adding there was an ‘element of exhibitionism’.
A third male from their group joined Littlemore and a male friend at the table outside in the beer garden and they were chatting and enjoying each other’s company.
But the two marines then joined them uninvited.
The court heard Littlemore assumed they were openly homosexual and heard the pair were married.
She thought they were very brave to be gay as marines – but was told they were married not to each other but both had wives.
The victim of the assault Mr Vandenberg took offence and became rather threatening and accused Littlemoore of being ‘self righteous and of entitlement’ because she came from posh Topsham a few miles down the estuary.
The court heard Littlemore wanted to tip some beer over him to humiliate him and ‘take the heat out of the situation’ after he had allegedly said she needed a slap.
But she pushed his glass into his mouth and he lost a tooth and broke a second tooth in the incident.
The victim said his teeth were like ‘crazy paving’ after the attack and he needed root dental work.
The court heard that Littlemore told the military men she was of South African extraction and was ‘hard’.
Mr Woodley said she did not use the glass as a weapon and said the two men had approached her.
He said the victim had broken one tooth and chipped another but it wasn’t as if he was ‘never going to smile again’.
Mr Woodley said Littlemore had admitted the offence, had no previous convictions and had been provoked as the marine ‘was threatening her’.