Assault is a crime, punishable by law and for many, the sentence means confinement. For a 19-year-old in the United Kingdom, that confinement was more than punitive.
Lisa Partington of Gloucester, England admitted to assaulting another girl, Kimberley Moxham, at a party in Tredworth last fall. The charge of drunken assault was handed down after a situation that began with an alleged accidental stepping onto a foot turned into a small row involving verbal and physical assault, including a broken wine bottle. Although she was said to have been drunk, admitting to mass consumption of different types of alcohol, the Judge in the case laid initial blame on Moxham, stating that "'It was the other woman who escalated this incident into something involving a broken bottle."
According to the Daily Mail, the:
'atmosphere developed' between the two women during the evening after Partington accidentally trod on Miss Moxham's foot.
Later, Miss Moxham was clearing up a bottle of vodka which had been broken in the kitchen and another party guest became aggressive that there was no vodka left.
The victim was then abused by another of the party goers, Michi Douglas, who threatened to 'bitch slap' her, the prosecutor said.
Moments later she was punched by Partington and another woman picked up a bottle of wine, broke it, and threw it at Miss Moxham, cutting her face.
When police arrived on scene, Moxham's face was covered in blood due to the eye cut. She also sustained "severe" scratches. Both Partington and Mr. Douglas, the 21-year-old who had his baby at the party, were arrested on scene.
The judge sentenced Partington to a curfew effective for two months between the hours of 9pm and 7am. The catch, however, is Partington gets Saturday's free. Judge William Hart was quoted in the news as saying:
"I give you one day off a week because it is summer and I don't think it is necessarily in your interests for you to be confined to your home every evening of the week for the next two months,"
In conjunction with the fête-friendly sentence, the 19-year-old single mother of two young children was also given a 12 month sentence to community service. Her current job as a childcare provider may be affected by the party fight and sentencing as well. Douglas was sentenced for his participation in the party brawl. He will spend the next year and a half doing community service as well as attending nearly 30 aggression management sessions.
As for the girl who sliced Moxham's face, her case is being handled by a juvenile court in the UK. However, Douglas did tell police that the alleged victim pushed the underage girl who threw the glass bottle at Moxham.
The legal drinking age in the UK is 16 for purchase of wine or beer and consumption with a meal if accompanied by an adult, and age 5 and up in private. 18-year-olds can purchase any type of alcohol as well as consume it in public places without consent.