Woman thug, 21, jailed for horror stiletto attack which left young mother scarred for life

Weapon: Laura Madden used a stiletto heel to attack Charlotte Wilkinson

Weapon: Laura Madden used a stiletto heel to attack Charlotte Wilkinson

A woman thug left a young mother scarred for life after repeatedly kicking her in the face while wearing stiletto heels.

Laura Madden, 21, downed six alcopops before attacking 22-year-old Charlotte Wilkinson outside a nightclub in the early hours of May 9 this year.

The trainee dental nurse was yesterday jailed for two years after admitting wounding with intent.

Miss Wilkinson needed more than 50 stitches in a cheek wound after the attack, Bradford Crown Court heard.

In a victim impact statement, she described how the facial scarring had had a devastating effect on her life and how she had suffered pain and headaches since the incident in Huddersfield town centre.    

Madden, who was said to be absolutely terrified of going to prison, broke down in tears as Recorder David Wilby QC told her that he had to jail.

'This is a very distressing case for everybody', he said.

Mr Wilby noted the growing concern about young people drinking to excess and he said the events that night had been 'life-changing' for both Madden and the complainant.

'The fact remains that a young woman of a similar age to you now has very serious facial scarring which she described in her statement as having a life-changing effect upon her,' he told Madden.

He said he took account of Madden's age, previous good character and the fact that the sentence would ruin her career and prevent her from going to university.

'Whatever sympathy I have for you and your family I also have my public duty,' he added.

Earlier, prosecutor Paul Nicholson described how Madden pulled her victim to the ground by the hair and repeatedly kicked her in the head.

Miss Wilkinson was taken to hospital where she had to have 25 external stitches and 24 internal stitches in a deep facial wound.

Madden's barrister, Ruth Cranage, said her client had expressed genuine remorse and regret over the attack.

The court heard that Madden had drunk six alco-pops but that she was not drunk at the time of the attack.

'This loss of self control which was demonstrably out of character has given her a salutary lesson,' said Miss Cranage.

'It's ruined her career prospects.'

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