Businesswoman Linda Bolton glassed sister in Beverley bar over family feud
A BUSINESSWOMAN who smashed a glass over her sister's head in a bar during a family feud has been banned from contacting her for two years.
Linda Bolton, 52, repeatedly assaulted her sister, Wendy Robinson, 48, when she spotted her on a weekend night out in a bar.
A judge has also ordered Bolton to be kept under curfew for three months after a "vicious act of petulance".
Hull Crown Court heard Bolton punched her sister and smashed a glass into the back of her head in Fusion Bar in Beverley's Wednesday Market.
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People who had gathered in the bar for a Friday night drink were hit by the shattering glass, with a shard of glass landing in a woman's eye and glass fragments hitting a man in his face.
All had to be taken to hospital after the attack on April 27.
Bolton, who runs businesses in Beverley, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Judge David Tremberg said Bolton had acted on "some jealous family grudge" to commit a "vicious act of petulance".
He said: "You decided to pursue that grudge with her in this busy public house by pursuing her, assaulting her, punching her in the face and then, as she turned away, you struck a blow with the glass you were holding."
The court heard Bolton had been estranged from her sister and the pair had met recently after not seeing each other for ten years but had again fallen out.
When Bolton saw her sister in the bar, she called her a "liar" and assaulted her. However, she claimed she did not realise she had a glass in her hand when she attacked her sister.
The judge rejected her claims as "fanciful" and gave her a chance to give evidence about it, which she declined to do.
He said: "I wholly reject the submission you didn't realise you had a glass in your hand or that it was an accident. This was a revenge attack and you used a weapon.
"I'm also troubled about your apparent lack of remorse."
He gave her a two-year restraining order, banning her from contacting her sister, and banned her from Fusion Bar for two years.
Bolton was ordered to pay £600 compensation to her victims within 12 months and pay £400 court costs.
Bolton, of Keldgate, Beverley, was given a ten-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work in the community.
Her barrister, John Thackray, said: "Her behaviour was disgraceful. It was a few moments of madness.
"It may be her sister will never forgive her and she will have to live with that."
Bolton has also been given a curfew for three months from 6pm to 6am.
Judge Tremberg said: "I am giving you a curfew because I want you to understand how close you have come to losing your liberty, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"If it is inconvenient, then good.
"You will be banned from Fusion Bar for the next two years, I see no reason why the landlord or patrons should have to put up with you."