Victim of X Factor wannabe's glass attack returns to work as a swimming teacher after making remarkable recovery

  • Scott Aitken, 27, was attacked by Lucie Slater in June 2012
  • He suffered serious facial injuries and had to have 30 stitches and surgery
  • Had to give up job as a swimming coach but has now returned to work
  • Ms Slater, who was booted off X Factor after the attack, pleaded guilty and received a 51 week suspended sentence and 120 hours unpaid work

By Emma Innes

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A man glassed by X Factor wannabe Lucie Slater has vowed to make it as a swimming coach once again after he was forced to temporarily give up his career.

Scott Aitken, 27, needed 30 stitches and two hours of surgery after he was attacked by Ms Slater in June last year.

The attack damaged two nerves, cut an artery and forced him to give up work as a swimming teacher.

Scott Aitken, 27, was attacked by Lucie Slater (right) in June 2012 and was left with serious facial injuries which forced him to give up work as a swimming coach

Scott Aitken, 27, was attacked by Lucie Slater (right) in June 2012 and was left with serious facial injuries which forced him to give up work as a swimming coach

But the club DJ, of Ashington, Northumberland, has now returned to teaching the sport. 

On the night of the attack, Mr Aitken had been for a night out in Newcastle with Ms Slater before they returned to his home.

The former girlband member, who was thrown off X Factor for her crime, struck out when she allegedly discovered a message from another girl on Mr Aitken’s Facebook page.

 

Ms Slater, of Ryton, Gateshead, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and was given 51 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, with supervision and 120 hours of unpaid work.

Mr Aitken, who once swam for Great Britain, gave his former business 121 Making Waves swim school in Morpeth, Northumberland, to his partner following the attack.

After the attack, Mr Aitken required 30 stitches and two hours of surgery. He suffered damage to his nerves and a severed artery

After the attack, Mr Aitken required 30 stitches and two hours of surgery. He suffered damage to his nerves and a severed artery

Ms Slater and her band were booted off X Factor after the attack. She pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and was given a 51 week suspended sentence as well as unpaid work

Ms Slater and her band were booted off X Factor after the attack. She pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and was given a 51 week suspended sentence as well as unpaid work

However, he is now teaching lessons again in Newcastle. ‘It’s going really well,’ said Mr Aitken, a former model.

‘I’m back to my normal self and I’m doing what I’m good at as opposed to doing nothing all day. It’s really rewarding knowing that I’m making changes to people’s lives.’

Mr Aitken teaches classes six days a week for all abilities and has also appointed his brother Ross, 21, to join his team.

Mr Aitken (right, with his brother, Ross) has made a full recovery and returned to work as a swimming teacher

Mr Aitken (right, with his brother, Ross) has made a full recovery and returned to work as a swimming teacher

Mr Aitken and Ms Slater were dating and she attacked him after allegedly finding a message from another woman on his Facebook page

Mr Aitken and Ms Slater were dating and she attacked him after allegedly finding a message from another woman on his Facebook page

‘Earlier this year they rang me to ask if I wanted to start teaching again and six weeks later I created my new business, Making Waves.

‘I was given a six month trial to see if it was going to be a successful and now it’s an on-going thing.’

He said: ‘I’m pleased I’m getting everything back on track. I have been given a great opportunity and I’m going to grab it with both hands.

‘I’m putting everything into it and it’s going really well. People who I used to teach have been so supportive and they have travelled with me.’

Ms Slater is pictured with her band, Quantro. They were hoping to win X Factor before the attack

Ms Slater is pictured with her band, Quantro. They were hoping to win X Factor before the attack

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Goes to show if a man had done that he would of had a sentence 3 times that length.

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stupid b****

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crazy women. good luck to any men who go near her cuz theyl need it. cow.

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I am sure she learned a good lesson by getting a suspended sentence and community service. The lesson being; The "justice" system is as weak as maidens water.

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if you repeat her sentence over and over you will eventually realise that she got a way with it!

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Good luck finding a new partner Ms Slater. Gulp.

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What's with 51 weeks suspended for ABH/GBH?

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She didn't get time? That's seriously messed up, that's GBH with intent, a man does that he serves a good couple of years regardless of bunny boiling reasons.

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bunny boiler ALERT

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One day the same may happen to her!

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