Hotel diner slapped man and scratched woman

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Bethany Elle-Louise Nicolle (22), of Lower King’s Cliff, admitted committing the assaults at the Hotel Ambassadeur on 20 May.

Outlining the case in the Magistrate’s Court, police legal adviser Simon Crowder said Nicolle was having dinner with friends at the hotel when she exchanged words with the male victim.

Nicolle started to become aggressive and the man went outside in an effort to prevent the dispute escalating.

However, the defendant went outside and saw the man speaking to another woman.

‘Nicolle grabbed her hair and scratched her left arm, drawing blood in the process. A hotel porter intervened. He watched as she ran over to the man and she slapped him in the face, while shouting abuse at him,’ said Mr Crowder.

The court heard that the porter restrained Nicolle but that she got free and again slapped the man.

The police arrived and they saw she was drunk and verbally aggressive.

‘She resisted arrest and was shouting, screaming and swearing at police and she kicked out her leg towards one of the officers,’ said the prosecutor.

The man who was slapped also had scratch marks to his face and the female victim also suffered a number of scratches.

The court heard that Nicolle thought she was pregnant at the time, but had been drinking heavily.

In sentencing, the Magistrate, Bridget Shaw, said: ‘You were drinking at an unacceptable level when you thought you were pregnant.’

Nicolle was also fined £210 after she admitted committing three parking offences in St Helier in December last year. She further admitted a breach of bail conditions on 1 July by not being home when a curfew check was carried out by police but no separate penalty was given for that breach.

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