Woman had a glass smashed into her face

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TWO friends have gone on trial over an attack in which a woman was glassed in the face.

Katie Hull, 31, is accused of smashing a pint glass in the face of her neighbour in a feud over a man.

Hull’s friend, Katrina Gill, 27, is alleged to have joined in the attack by punching and kicking the victim, April Watt.

Miss Watt, 24, was left with blood pouring out of her neck from a life-threatening wound.

Teesside Crown Court heard claims that Hull launched the unprovoked attack because Miss Watt had previously gone out with Hull’s boyfriend.

Outlining the case, Anthony Dunne, prosecuting, said Hull and Miss Watt had appeared to agree to a truce on August 7 last year and began drinking together.

They were joined by Gill, and Miss Watt’s friend Donna Rogerson.

Mr Dunne said: “The two defendants launched what was a vicious and unprovoked attack on April Watt.”

Hull is alleged to have smashed a pint glass into Miss Watt’s face and then struck her in the neck with a piece of broken glass.

Hull and Gill are said to have then punched and kicked the victim.

Giving evidence, Miss Watt said she was at home with Miss Rogerson on the night of Friday. August 6.

At around 3am the following morning, she was woken by Miss Rogerson when Hull, Gill and a man approached the house and started banging on the windows.

Miss Watt said Hull and Gill threatened to “take me to the moors in the back of a car”.

Miss Watt told them to go away, but the group returned later when Miss Watt let them in to sort out her differences with Hull.

They appeared to sort out their argument and all began drinking.

But Miss Watt said Hull and Gill attacked her while she was sitting on the couch.

Miss Watt said: “They were hitting me all over my face and head. I felt a sharp pain in my neck.

“I could see blood squirting out of my neck.”

Miss Watt lost conciousness and woke up in an ambulance on the way to hospital.

As Hull and Gill left Miss Watt’s house, Gill is alleged to have said to Miss Rogerson: “Come with us. Leave her to bleed to death.”

Mr Dunne said when Miss Watt’s father, Michael, arrived on the scene, he thought his daughter was dead.

The incident is alleged to have taken place in Charterhouse Street, Hartlepool, where Hull was then living.

Hull, now of Albion Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and Gill, of Hargrove Road, also Harrogate, deny wounding with intent and the alternative charge of unlawful wounding.

The trial continues.