Woman jailed for knife attack in Norwich which left victim scarred for life

PUBLISHED: 15:14 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:14 16 March 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

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A judge warned that anyone using a blade to slash someone’s face must expect immediate custody after he jailed a woman for a knife attack, in Norwich, which left a young woman scarred for life.

Sarah Mayes, 34, was said to have “ambushed” the 29 -year-old victim in Barrack Street, in Norwich, and slashed her face with a knife, Norwich Crown Court heard.

The court heard there had been some disagreement between the pair before the attack and Isobel Ascherson, prosecuting, said Mayes was said to have appeared out of nowhere from a crouching position and slashed the victim’s face.

Ms Ascherson said: “At first she (the victim) believed she had been punched but then realised she had been slashed in the face with a knife causing a deep wound to her cheek.”

She said the victim has been left with a scar and in an impact statement said how the injury has changed her life and she now feels “ugly.”

Mayes of Cozy Corner, North Walsham, admitted unlawful wounding on September 10, last year, and was jailed for 21 months.

Judge Stephen Holt told her there was some background to the attack in that there had been some sort of argument or fall out, which he said in a way made it even more serious: “This was a deliberate ambush and deliberate attack on the victim.”.

Judge Holt said that the victim would have to live with the facial scar for the rest of her life and warned: “Someone who slashes another person’s face with a knife must expect an immediate custodial sentence.”

He said the victim would have to live with the facial scar for the rest of her life.

Andrew Oliver, for Mayes, said that she was not normally prone to violent outbursts.

“This seems to be an isolated incident and one out of character for her.”

He said Mayes had a difficult upbringing and had abused substances and alcohol from an early age,

“This problem culminated in a long addiction to crack cocaine and heroin.”

He said she had insight into the effect of her offending on the victim.

Also in the dock was co-defendant Nicholas Leeder, 39, also of Cozy Corner, North Walsham , who got six months for having a bladed article

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