UPDATED: Judge hands woman suspended sentence for assaulting man at Stowmarket pub - with a glass

Ipswich Crown Court
Ipswich Crown Court

A woman from Stowmarket, who struck a man with a glass at a pub in the town, has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Last week a jury at Ipswich crown Court took just three hours to unanimously convict Tia Billman of assault causing actual bodily harm to Nathan Flack.

It found her not guilty of a second charge of assaulting Sophie Parkington by beating.

On Wednesday, Billman, 28, of Gainsborough Road, returned to the court to be sentenced.

After considering a report prepared by the Probation Service, Mr Recorder Richard Christie QC sentenced Billman to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered her to participate in a 10 day rehabilitation activity course.

Billman has also been banned from entering any licensed premises for the next two years and will be subject to an electronically monitored overnight curfew at her home address for four months.

During the trial it was alleged Billman struck Mr Flack with a glass during an incident in a smoking area at The Pickerel pub in Stowupland Street on October 7 last year.

Prosecutor Jamie Sawyer told the jury Mr Flack had suffered a cut to his ear after being struck with a glass wielded by Billman.

He said Mr Flack had been standing between Billman and his girlfriend, Miss Parkington, over whom Billman threw a drink,

Police were called by pub staff and Billman was arrested after Mr Flack identified her as his attacker.

Giving evidence, Billman said she had heard the sound of breaking glass and realised one of her friends was bleeding from a head wound.

Billman said that as she tried to stem the bleeding, a table was overturned but denied then having thrown a drink over Miss Parkington or having attacked Mr Flack.