Partygoer scratched teen across face with her false nails in nightclub toilet

A partygoer scratched a teenager across the face in a vicious nightclub toilet attack.

Jemma Williams was left with marks on her face after being assaulted by Shannon Chapman, 25, WalesOnline reports.

She was left too scared to and says she cannot return to the bar where the attack happened.

Chapman pleaded guilty to assaulting Ms Williams, who was just 18 when the incident took place on January 26, 2019, on the basis that she did not pull out her hair or gouge her eyes.

The defendant changed her plea to guilty at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court. The court was told that the pair exchanged words in the toilet of Platform 11, a nightclub in Pontypridd, South Wales.

In the early hours of the morning, Chapman said to the victim: "Do you have a problem?"

Prosecutor William Bebb said: "Ms Chapman hit Ms Williams to the face. The defendant got on top of Ms Williams and continued the assault."

The court was also told there were "scratch marks" on the victim's face.

Chapman continued the "sustained attack" until help arrived. Upon going to hospital it was discovered some eyelashes were missing, and a false nail was found in Ms Williams' bra, which she believed belonged to her attacker.

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A victim impact statement from Ms Williams was read out in court.

It said: "As a result of the assault I did not go out for a month afterwards. I didn't go out drinking. I didn't go out with friends.

"My confidence has taken a massive drop. It wasn't just me who wasn't going out, my daughter wasn't going out either.

"I haven't been back to Platform 11 and I wouldn't go back after that night. I have nightmares."

The court was told Chapman, of Milton Place, Graig Yr Rhacca, Caerphilly, was currently pregnant.

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She avoided jail, being handed a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. She was also ordered to complete a rehabilitation activity and was ordered to pay £600 of compensation to the victim.

Defending Chapman, Hashim Salmman argued that she should be given credit for her guilty plea even though she didn't change it until the first day of the trial in January.

He added: "Ms Chapman poses no risk of re-offending and no risk of serious harm."

Sentencing Chapman, Judge Richard Twomlow said: "Had you not pleaded guilty you would be going straight to prison.

"It was a sustained attack. It was a serious assault."

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