A WOMAN has denied throwing a pint glass at a neighbour and cutting her neck.
Katie Hull, 31, is accused of glassing alleged victim April Watt and causing a serious wound.
Giving evidence at Teesside Crown Court, Hull admitted having a fight with Miss Watt, 24, but denied injuring her with a glass.
She claimed she only acted in self-defence after Miss Watt refused to let go of her hair and hit her in the lower back.
Hull claimed her friend Katrina Gill first started fighting with Miss Watt on August 7 last year, and she stepped in to break it up.
The defendant told the jury she and Miss Watt had settled their differences earlier following a feud.
Hull said: “I went towards April, and April spat in my face.
“She lashed out at me, and hit me in my eye.
“ So Katrina backed off from April and myself and April began to fight.
“I couldn’t get her off my hair.”
Ian Mullarkey, defending, said: “During the course of your interaction with April Watt, did you at any stage use a glass as a weapon?”
Hull replied: “No.”
The defendant said when Watt did let go of her, she went home and wasn’t aware of any injuries to Miss Watt.
Hull added: “I couldn’t understand why I had been arrested. April Watt struck me first.”
The alleged attack is said to have happened in Miss Watt’s home in Charterhouse Street, Hartlepool.
Hull claimed she and Gill, who was staying with her for the weekend, had been invited into Miss Watt’s home.
Hull also denied making any threats towards Miss Watt in the days or weeks leading up to the incident.
Hull, now of Albion Avenue, Harrogate, and Gill, of Hargrove Road, also Harrogate, both deny wounding with intent and an alternative charge of unlawful wounding.
The trial, which is expected to run into next week, continues.