A YOUNG woman needed 22 stitches in her cheek after being hit in the face with a cup at a Camborne house party, a court has heard.
Charlotte Perry described the moment after she was struck was as if someone had turned a tap on over her head because of the amount of blood pouring out and had to be rushed to hospital where the gaping wound was closed with stitches.
Zoe Lever went on trial at Truro Crown Court on Monday accused of wounding Miss Perry with intent to do her grievous bodily harm.
The court heard that the 26-year-old of Lansdowne Road, Bolton, was visiting family in Cornwall with her baby daughter when she was invited to a house party with her sister.
Phillip Lee, for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), told the jury that after arriving at the party on January 6, 2012, there had been bad feeling between the two women, which resulted in a scuffle in the kitchen.
Mr Lee said: “The defendant grabbed Miss Perry with one hand and with her other hand she struck her hard to the right side of her face.
“It was immediately apparent that Miss Perry was bleeding heavily from a gaping wound to her right cheek.”
The court heard Lever had previously admitted an alternative charge of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Miss Perry. But the CPS seeks to prove that she intended to do the victim really serious bodily harm.
Lever is also accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on Hannah Smitheram on January 6, 2012.
That incident is alleged to have taken place at the Rose Cottage pub in Redruth and Lever is accused of throwing the contents of her glass in Miss Smitheram’s face before hitting her with a glass which, the court heard, did not smash but left a bruise on the victim’s cheek.
Lever denies both charges. In police interviews, described by Mr Lee in court, she said that she did not hit Miss Smitheram with a glass and in the case of Miss Perry she said she was defending herself.
In the interview she said: “All I wanted to do was get out of the house and had no way of getting out. I tripped and as I tripped the cup was in my left hand. I fell and as I fell the cup smashed.
“She did have hold of my hair and was hitting my head. That is when, to try to defend myself, I swung my arm around to hit her.”
When asked if it was possible she still had fragments of cup in her hand she replied: “I must have but did not realise it.”
The trial continues.