Colchester: Mum Guilty Of Nightclub Attack
13 January 2014, 14:45
An Essex mum of two has been warned she faces prison after being found guilty of slashing a womans neck with a shard of glass in a nightclub.
Leanne Bloomfield, who is 28 and of Highwoods in Colchester, was convicted of wounding with intent after the attack at Cafe De Paris near Leicester Square in central London on February 3rd 2013.
A jury at Southwark Crown Court reached their verdict after a four-day trial and seven and a half hours of deliberations
Broomfield's victim 22 year old Natalie Walsh is the daughter of Ground Force celebrity builder Tommy Walsh.
He said that his daughter, who was not in court, had undergone plastic surgery and therapy following the attack.
Speaking about the verdict, Mr Walsh said: ``Pleased isn't the right word. Satisfied. There are no winners in this. The only winner is justice has been seen to be done.
``It was really tough but we are a really close knit family. We can move on. We've no interest in what happens from here.''
Mr Walsh said Broomfield ``didn't appear remorseful or contrite'' following the attack.
After the verdict was read out, Broomfield, turned to the jury and said: ``I didn't do it'', before breaking down in tears.
As she continued to protest her innocence, Judge Peter Susman QC told the defendant ``please be quiet''.
He adjourned sentencing to February 7, adding he had ``no choice but to impose a prison sentence''.
Turning to Broomfield, Mr Susman said: ``You will be granted bail until February 7. You must make arrangements for your children's welfare on the basis you are going to prison.''