Criminal injuries lead to £9k compensation award

Criminal injuries lead to 9k compensation award 2608

Criminal injuries sustained by a woman during an incident at a London nightclub have resulted in a four-figure compensation sum being awarded to the victim.

Croydon woman Claire Stephens has been ordered to pay damages of £9,100 to American student Rachel Spikula following the episode at Club 49 - a nightspot in the West End - in June last year, the Harlow Star reports.

A case at Southwark Crown Court heard that the two females bumped into each other on the club's dance floor and as she attempted to push Ms Spikula away, Ms Stephens cut her on the neck with a wine glass.

This resulted in Ms Spikula sustaining a severed artery meaning she has to be rushed to hospital. The woman's legal counsel told the court her injuries may have been fatal had an ambulance not been nearby.

Subsequently, the 23-year-old defendant was handed a suspended prison sentence of ten months for unlawful wounding, as well as being ordered to pass on damages to Ms Spikula and carry out 240 hours unpaid work.

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25/05/2012 16:53