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Launceston teenager Ruby Griffiths hit her former partner with a bottle

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

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A TEENAGE mother from Launceston hit the father of her child over the head with a bottle twice on a night out.

Ruby Griffiths, 18, Serpells Meadow, Polyphant, attacked her former partner Craig Charnock on November 30, causing a cut to his eyebrow, which needed to be glued at Launceston Medical Centre.

At Truro Crown Court on Tuesday, Sally Daulton, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said they had been in a relationship until April 2013 and that there had been an on-going dispute between them over Mr Charnock’s contact with his daughter.

The court heard, Griffiths, who pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm at an earlier hearing, as a previous conviction for battery on Mr Charnock.

On that night, Mr Charnock went to the Angels Bar with some friends where he saw Griffiths.

She shouted at him and he was approached by one of her friends who asked him what his problem was and he responded that he just wanted to see his daughter.

Shortly afterwards outside the venue, Mr Charnock saw Griffiths again.

Ms Daulton said: “He was hit in the face with a bottle the defendant was holding.

“He then repeated that he wanted to see his daughter.

“The defendant struck him again with the bottle on the left side of the face and was then dragged away by friends.”

A witness later told police that he had seen the bottle smash.

Paul Burley, defending, said “She regrets it and she fully appreciates that her actions were utterly irresponsible and inappropriate.”

Sentencing Griffiths to four months in a young offenders’ institution suspended for two years, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said hitting someone with a bottle could cause “terrible injuries”.

Griffiths was ordered to pay £250 towards prosecutions costs, an £80 victim surcharge and to take part in women’s programme.

She was also made subject to a six-month restraining order not to contact Mr Charnock.

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