Woman Jailed After Man Scarred for Life

A Chatham woman's been jailed for five years after slashing a man across the face with a knife and leaving him scarred for life.

The 22 year-old man suffered a cut to his forehead and across the left side of his face during the unprovoked attack in the High Street in the town on 11th March 2008.

Emma Brennan, 27, of Grove Road denied wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon, but was convicted following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court.

A 35 year-old man, Stuart Dempsey of Grove Road, who was also arrested at the time was found not guilty of wounding with intent but was found guilty for possession of an offensive weapon and jailed for 15 months.

Following sentencing, Investigating officer Detective Constable Darryl Paulson said:  "Emma Brennan clearly showed no remorse for her actions in this crime and we are pleased that she has been recognised as a dangerous offender and jailed for a long time.  Her actions have left an innocent man with scars for life.  A five year sentence reflects the severity of the assault and I am satisfied that the court came to the right conclusion.
 
"Kent Police will not tolerate people who carry knives or weapons of any kind.  The actions of Brennan could have led to even more serious consequences, and this sentence should act as a deterrent for others who do carry, or are considering carrying knives.  We are also pleased that Stuart Dempsey has been jailed for the possession of an offensive weapon.  Again, this highlights how seriously Kent Police takes these kind of cases.  Fortunately attacks of this nature, particularly involving knifes are not a common occurrence in Medway."

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