Our thanks to Steve for this. The usual “leniency because vagina” from the chairman of the magistrates, Gareth Thomas:
Magistrates gave Payne 16 weeks in jail, suspended for 18 months, and handed her a community order which includes a thinking skills programme and rehabilitation activity requirement days.
Mr Thomas said: “We see it as laudable you have already tried to sort it (excess drinking) out. We believe you need greater support to make sure this doesn’t happen again, because it does ruin your life.
“We decided it had (crossed the custody threshold) because this was a violent offence. I know you don’t remember it. [J4MB emphasis] Somebody was seriously injured and horrifyingly it was in front of children. You appreciate how dreadful that is. We decided to suspend after input from probation, and because of the actions you have taken already. [J4MB emphasis] Co-operate with probation otherwise you will be back here again, we don’t want that.”
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