Glass attacker avoids prison

A WOMAN who smashed a glass over her friend s head during an argument in a pub garden has received a suspended jail sentence. The Old Bailey heard Reena Rayhman, 41, of Mora Road, Cricklewood, left legal secretary Karen Ryan covered in blood after the at

A WOMAN who smashed a glass over her friend's head during an argument in a pub garden has received a suspended jail sentence.

The Old Bailey heard Reena Rayhman, 41, of Mora Road, Cricklewood, left legal secretary Karen Ryan covered in blood after the attack in the Crown Pub in Cricklewood Broadway in November last year.

Ms Ryan had warned Rayhman to keep away from her 19-year-old son Daniel and accused her of acting 'inappropriately' towards him.

Jurors were told Rayhman had called Daniel, asking him out for drinks and even turned up at the family house to try and see him.


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Ms Ryan was so concerned about her friend's behaviour she contacted her ex-partner and asked him to have a quiet word with his sister.

She told the Old Bailey: "I think it is inappropriate for a 40-year-old woman to be chasing down a 19-year-old boy.

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Rayhman attacked Ms Ryan after the pair went into the pub garden to talk about her pursuing Daniel.

Last month she was acquitted of wounding with intent but found guilty of unlawful wounding.

Judge Christopher Moss QC had said she faced a prison sentence for the attack but last week he decided to take an 'exceptional course' of action, despite telling Rayhman she was 'in denial' about her responsibility for the attack.

Suspending a 51-week sentence for two years, the judge said: "You acted spontaneously, all be it in anger, quite out of character.

"This event was a tragedy so far as your own circumstances are concerned, it casts a stain on your otherwise exemplary lifestyle and has robbed you of your good character."

Rayhman, who has lost her job following the conviction, has also been placed under a three-month curfew between 9pm and 7am.

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