Two wedding guests who set upon a Good Samaritan and her friend when they intervened in a domestic row have been jailed.
Gabriella Simons, 18, was left with permanent scars to her face and had to undergo plastic surgery after she was glassed in the attack on Avenham Park last July.
Tracey Millar, 29, of Rushey Hey, lostock Hall, and Mark Speariett, 33, of Sandringham Road, Walton-le-Dale, have now been jailed but as Judge Simon Newell handed Millar a three and half year term of imprisonment for her attack on Gabriella, he said: “You will be released from prison. She has a life sentence.”
The attack took place close to the Continental Pub where Millar and Speariett had been guests at a wedding on July 26 last year.
As they left the party at around 11.30pm they were arguing and Gabriella and her friend Jack Higginbottom feared for Millar’s safety.
But when they stepped in to try to help Millar, the couple turned on them.
I would now think twice about trying to assist anyone and probably wouldn’t intervene at all even though I would feel it was the right thing to do, for fear of being attacked again.Gabriella Simons
Millar grabbed Gabriella by her hair, punched and kicked her multiple times in the ribs and also smashed a glass into her face. Speariett punched Jack to the ground and kicked him six times in the head.
The pair were taken to Royal Preston Hospital where Gabriella underwent surgery for cuts to her face and Jack, 19, was treated for concussion.
Millar pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and Speariett to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Speaking after the sentence, Gabriella, a second year philosophy student, said: “Although I believe that attempting to intervene and dilute the domestic incident between the couple was the right thing to do, their reaction was so disproportionate.
“I would now think twice about trying to assist anyone and probably wouldn’t intervene at all even though I would feel it was the right thing to do, for fear of being attacked again.
“The impact the attack has had on my close family and friends has been terrible; I wish not only that Jack and I hadn’t suffered through this but that they too did not have to feel the pain they have, at seeing me so physically and emotionally hurt.”
Detective Inspector Paddy O’Neill from Lancashire Police led the inquiry and said “Our two victims only tried to intervene in the domestic incident as they felt Millar was under threat.
“For Speariett and for Millar in particular to react in such a violent manner is a disgrace. Gabriella was left with serious scars and facial injuries that will remind her of this awful attack for the rest of her life. The fact that the pair were trying to do the right thing makes Millar and Speariett’s conduct even more reprehensible.”