‘Sweet and selfless’ woman glasses boyfriend’s ex in ‘moment of madness’

A “sweet” and “selfless” woman glassed her boyfriend’s ex on a night out in a “moment of madness”.

Rachel Marland was “provoked” by another woman during a night out at Revolucion de Cuba in Manchester city centre in April 2018.

She was enjoying a birthday night out with friends and family at the bar when her partner’s ex-girlfriend turned up.

Marland thought there was a restraining order in place and went over to talk to the woman, the court heard.

She was then “unnecessary and hurtful” comments from the two women before being pushed in the back, the Manchester Evening News reports.

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Marland lashed out in a “moment of madness”, picked up a glass and slashed the victim twice in the face.

Prosecutor Brain Berlyne said the victim has been left with scarring to her face which has made her self conscious.

In the days after the attack, the victim found small pieces of glass in her scalp and struggled to sleep.

She also suffered with headaches and dizziness.

Though the scars have now healed, they are hard to disguise, Mr Berlyne said.

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In a victim statement, the woman said: “Every time I look at my face in the mirror I’m reminded of it.”

Her barrister Hugh Barton said: “There is no doubt that this is a woman who bitterly regrets what she has done and is prepared for the consequences of her actions.”

Describing the 69 character references sent to the judge on Marland’s behalf, he said his client had been described as “sweet, selfless, loving, caring, always putting others first.”

He added: “One refers to her endless kindness.”

Marland is extremely hard working and has “forged a career through sheer hard work”, Mr Barton said.

He added: “These human qualities are the complete antithesis of the offence she falls to be sentenced for.”

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Judge Nicholls told her: “This was a shocking and traumatic event. There is much mitigation.

I accept you are remorseful. I accept there was an element of provocation and the victim’s own conduct fell short.

“I also accept there was a momentary loss of control.

“You are a woman of impeccable character.

“You are a thoroughly decent woman and this offence is completely out of character. It’s for that reason I can accept there is no risk you will offend again.”

Marland was jailed for two and a half years and will have to serve half of the sentence before she is considered for parole.

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