A WOMAN who threw a glass at a Stafford pub customer and then attacked him with a pool cue escaped with suspended jail sentence.
The glass hurled by June Allott smashed on the arm of Ben Upton as he protected himself, but shards struck him in the face, Stafford Crown Court heard.
Allott then picked up a pool cue and hit him with it before others in the Princess Royal pub in Sandon Road, pulled her away.
Mr David Bennett, prosecuting, said the violence did not end there - a short while later Allott assaulted Mr Upton's friend Emma Cockcroft on the dancefloor.
The defendant grabbed her by the hair and a struggle ensued until a man pulled Allott off.
Allott, aged 44, of Pitt Street, Stafford admitted charges of assault causing actual bodily harm and assault by battery.
She was given an 18 month prison sentence suspended for two years and ordered to pay £150 compensation plus £100 surcharge.
Recorder Mr Egbuna told her: "Your background has been one of misery and you have had some difficulties in your life, but that doesn't excuse you behaving in the way you did.
"Your father had just passed away and you were consuming large amounts of alcohol.
"Fuelled by alcohol you pursued [Mr Upton] with a snooker cue, you then attacked a young girl who was with him."
Mr Bennett said the trouble started on 27 October last year when Allott approached a group including the victims in the pub.
The conversation became personal and Mr Upton told her to go away.
Allott picked up a glass and threw the drink over Mr Upton who retaliation by throwing his drink over her.
Allott then hurled the glass at Mr Upton who put up his arm to fend it off.
The glass shattered and the shards left him with cuts to his face, ear and arm.
Miss Cockcroft had soreness to her head.
Allott was subsequently identified by photos posted on Facebook and after being arrested claimed the glass had slipped out of her hand and had only tugged a woman's hair.
Mr Peter Hemming, defending, said: "Given she has used a glass and a pool cue, you might expect really serious injuries - fortunately that's not the case."