A 37-year old woman in Edinburgh has been jailed for causing a doorman at a nightclub to lose the sight in one eye after she stamped on his face with a stiletto heel.
Sarah Marsden was yesterday jailed for three years and four months by Sheriff Neil MacKinnon who felt that the only appropriate sentence for her was to spend time in jail.
Last July Marsden attacked Graham Roach, the head doorman of Shanghai nightclub on Edinburgh's George Street, after he aided a colleague who was having difficulty ejecting Marsden and her boyfriend Anthony Walker from the club. They had been asked to leave because of their drunken behaviour.
Although Mr Roach had managed to help bring the situation under control he then found himself on the ground after colliding with Mr Walker. Marsden then attacked Mr Roach by stomping on his face with her stiletto heel, splitting his eye socket open.
The 28-year old doorman spent four hours in emergency surgery but despite the best efforts of the surgeons he lost his eye.
Marsden had previously admitted her attack on Mr Roach and Anthony Walker, 47, was sentenced to 180 hours of community service after he admitted a breach of the peace on the same night last July.
Victoria Good, speaking for Marsden's defence, said, "When she first appeared from custody the first thing she asked me was how Mr Roach was and how bad the damage was and she has expressed a deep level of remorse throughout. She and her partner had gone out for the evening, she had a couple of alcoholic drinks but in no way was under the influence of alcohol and would not seek to use alcohol as an excuse. She saw her partner involved involved in an altercation and saw him struggling with the bouncer and she thought he was being hurt and she ran down and became involved. It was a fast incident with tragic consequences for the victim."
Ms Good also explained that Marsden had a background which involved drug misuse financed by prostitution and until two years ago had what was described as a "sad background"
Sheriff MacKinnon told Marsden, "You inflicted an appalling injury on the complainer without any thought to the consequences for him or his family."
Mr Roach will undergo further surgery to insert an implant to replace the damaged eyeball but the surgery will not restore his eyesight.