A BOLTON mother who hit a young woman in the face with a cup giving her a gaping wound at a Camborne house party has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.
Charlotte Perry, who needed 22 stitches in her cheek after the attack, 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.
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 jury returned a verdict of not guilty on Thursday but Lever had previously admitted a charge of unlawfully and maliciously wounding Miss Perry.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was trying to prove that she intended to do the victim really serious bodily harm but the jury acquitted of the charge.
The court previously 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 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.”
Lever, who denied both charges, was also accused of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on Hannah Smitheram on January 6, 2012 at a pub in Redruth.
She was found not guilty of that charge.
In police interviews, described by Mr Lee in court, Lever said that she did not hit Miss Smitheram with a glass and in the case of Miss Perry she said she was defending herself.
Lever was given a 12 month jail term suspended for 12 months by Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, after the conclusion of the trial.
She was ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and pay Miss Perry £750 in compensation.