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Blackpool kebab shop bloodbath after bottomless brunch turned into 12 hour bender

LancsLive logo LancsLive 30/09/2022 Rachel Smith
A security guard stepped into the melee © Google A security guard stepped into the melee

A woman who attacked a man in a kebab shop after a bottomless brunch turned into a 12 hour bender has narrowly avoided jail.

Stephanie Lawrence, 26, had been out with friends in Preston before taking a train to Blackpool to carry on drinking on March 3, 2022. By 3am she was loud, aggressive and picking fights with customers in the Kebab Hub, Dickson Road.

Lawrence's mum watched on in disgust as footage of her daughter's 'deplorable' behaviour was shown at Preston Crown Court. When a man asked her to quieten down, as she was upsetting his wife, she shouted: "I can do what I want in my own country. You want to think about that."

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A security guard stepped into the melee and tried to usher Lawrence out of the shop as the customer took out his phone and started recording. Lawrence lunged at him and spat in his face, before striking him with her mobile phone, knocking off his glasses and causing a three-inch gash to his forehead.

The man then turned the camera towards himself and showed blood gushing from his head and dripping onto the seat, as he shouted for the police to be called. When they arrived, Lawrence had left the kebab shop and was arrested in a nearby street. The man was taken to hospital where his injury was stitched.

Lawrence, of Abbey Street, Ashton-on-Ribble, denied the assault but when confronted with the footage told officers she was sorry and hoped the man was alright. She said she woke up in a police cell with no idea how she got there and had little recollection of the events in Blackpool.

She pleaded guilty to common assault and causing grievous bodily harm and appeared at Preston Crown Court to be sentenced.

Recorder Paul Hodgkinson, sentencing, said: "You are clearly a person with talent and intelligence, which when you think about it, almost makes it worse that you are here for behaving the way you did. You have an advantage over a lot of defendants."

The court heard, graduated from university in Preston and started her dream job within two weeks.

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But the judge said: "On March 2, you and some of your friends went out for a bottomless brunch and spent the day effectively drinking. By your own admission, you were very, very drunk.

"By 3am the next day you had still been drinking and you and your friends had gone into the Kebab Hub to get some food. You are clearly seen to be behaving in a loud, aggressive and unpleasant manner, almost immediately upon entering the takeaway, picking arguments with other people in the queue who had nothing to do with you.

"Your victim became so concerned, as were others, he decided to film you and your appalling behaviour. You became aware of this and went over to remonstrate with him.

"You proceeded to spit at him, a truly disgusting act for which I am told you are rightly ashamed. But it didn't stop there, did it? You then struck him to the head with a weapon causing a nasty injury, which required him - who had been having a perfectly pleasant evening with his partner until he was unfortunate enough to come across you - to go to hospital and be treated with stitches."

The judge said Lawrence also had a previous conviction for drunken violence when she assaulted a police officer. "You are clearly somebody who doesn't know how to behave when you have had a drink", he said. "There is a logical follow on from that, which is you must not drink."

Recorder Hodgkinson sentenced Lawrence to eight months, suspended for 18 months and ordered her to do unpaid work "to remind you each time you are doing it of the disgusting behaviour that was displayed by you."

He also made her the subject of a three month curfew from 9pm to 6am and ordered her to carry out 15 days of rehabilitation activity requirements. She must pay her victim £1200 in costs.

The judge said: "I have had the advantage of watching your mum's face in the public gallery as she viewed your disgusting behaviour on this night. It is a shame you will not be able to witness the shame and embarrassment that is written all over her face at the conduct of you.

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