A barmaid headbutted a total stranger she suspected of mocking her while she belted out ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ on pub karaoke.
Leanne Ogden, who later described herself as having been a ‘seven out 10’ on the drunk scale, sang the Britney classic at a friend’s birthday party at St Basil’s Club in Widnes, Cheshire, last October.
After finishing her stint on the mic, the mum-of-one could see pals ‘having words’ with someone from another group who they claimed had been ‘talking about her’.
Warrington Magistrates’ Court heard Ogden approached the victim in the smoking area and asked, ‘Have you got a problem?’ before thrusting her head in the woman’s face.
The victim was taken to hospital with a bloodied nose and swelling but did not suffer any broken bones.
Ogden pleaded guilty to ABH, committed on October 9, and was ordered to hand over £100 in compensation.
Her lawyer Ian Weights told the magistrates: ‘They were in close proximity to each other and she over anticipated the situation.
‘She reacted disproportionately and cannot be justified in what she did and therefore pleads guilty. Apparently, it was over very quickly and immediately afterwards she was very upset.’
He went on: ‘It is always difficult when there has been a face-to-face confrontation to advise a client with absolute confidence. You are entitled to defend yourself.
‘You are entitled to anticipate something was going to happen before it happened. But it is very difficult when people have been drinking. She is absolutely devastated by what happened.’
The lawyer added: ‘She went to the victim to have words with her. She did not have to do that, so it is probably the right thing to do to plead guilty.
‘Having said that, people do not do these things for no reason whatsoever. Clearly, there has been some sort of incident that happened. Why else would you randomly assault someone?
‘This is out of character. Ms Ogden is not remotely comfortable with what she has done.
‘She is sad that her 18-year-old daughter is aware of what has happened and that is she’s not leading by example.’
Magistrates sentenced Ogden to a 12-month community order with 150 hours of unpaid work and told her to pay £180 in costs and victim surcharge.
Chair of the bench Jane Fairburn said: ‘We have taken into account your clear remorse, which is a credit to you because some people would just say, “She was getting on my nerves and this is what happened”.
‘But you have shown remorse over the effect it would have on your daughter.’
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