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Glass attacker sentence cut

PUBLISHED: 18:01 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:57 25 August 2010

A TEENAGE drinker who was locked up for four years for two vicious street assaults has had her sentence slashed by six months on Monday at the Court of Appeal.

A TEENAGE drinker who was locked up for four years for two vicious street assaults has had her sentence slashed by six months on Monday at the Court of Appeal.

Chanez Seghier, 19, of Halcot Avenue, Bexleyheath left one young woman badly scarred after a bottling attack and another with a bite wound to her face.

She was sentenced to a total of four years in a young offenders' institution at Woolwich Crown Court last October after admitting counts of wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

But, following an appeal to top judges, she succeeded in winning a six-month reduction in her sentence at the Court of Appeal in central London.

Mr Justice Plender, sitting at the court with Lord Justice Maurice Kay and Judge Michael Stokes QC, told how Seghier had been drinking in the Rat and Parrot pub in Broadway, Bexleyheath, when she committed the first offence.

Outside, in the car park, she turned on 18-year-old Kerry Graves, smashing a bottle and using it to slash across her cheek, causing a serious wound.

Miss Graves has been left scarred and says she faces constant embarrassment and intermittent pain from the wounds.

While on bail for that offence, Seghier offended again, getting involved in a fight with a group of girls at a bus stop. When another woman tried to intervene, she squared up to her and bit her on the cheek.

Challenging the length of the sentence, lawyers for Seghier argued that the total sentence - consisting of three years for wounding and one for the assault - was "manifestly excessive".

Cutting the assault sentence to six months, but upholding the wounding sentence, Mr Justice Plender said: "In our judgment, the sentence passed for unlawful wounding was a proper one and the period of detention was not manifestly excessive, bearing in mind the injuries suffered by the victim and the unprovoked nature of the attack.

"A consecutive custodial sentence was also inevitable for the assault occasioning actual bodily harm, particularly in view of the fact that the offence was committed whilst on bail.

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