Woman ‘almost blinded’ on night out in Bedford gets £5k compensation

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A woman who almost blinded another woman on a night out in Bedford has been ordered to pay thousands in compensation.

On March 13, Rosie Sturgess, 22, of Glassbrook Road, Rushden, threw a glass tumbler towards the face of her friend, who she had argued with during a night out in Bedford.

The glass shattered on impact, causing injury to the woman’s forehead but the fragments of the glass flew into the eye of a further victim, who was also out with friends.

Thankfully the victim’s vision was able to be saved by doctors, but the impact of the injury meant she required complex eye surgery and she still faces the prospect of further operations in the future.

At Luton Crown Court last Wednesday (August 18) Sturgess was ordered to pay the victim £5,000 in compensation.

She was also sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for two years, ordered to carry out 300 hours unpaid work and was put on an electronic tag curfew for six months.

DC Surinder Ram, said: “This was an example of when drinking gets out of hand and turns into needless violence. For the sake of a petty squabble between friends the victim could have been blinded, and still has had to endure intrusive surgery.

“As well as the physical pain and discomfort, the victim will also have to bear psychological scars.

“I am pleased of the outcome for the victim and hope the sentenced passed will make Sturgess – and others – think twice before resorting to aggression in future.”