ZIMBA SMASHES WOMAN WITH A BOTTLE IN UK BAR, ESCAPES JAIL | A jealous Zimbabwean woman smashed a glass over the head of a woman whom she wrongly believed kissed her boyfriend in a nightclub in the UK.
Ashley Katsande who lives in Scotland has escaped jail after she glassed Marta Bugalska leaving her with a gash to the side of her head. She collapsed on the dance floor. Ms Bugalska, who has been left disfigured by the attack, was treated at the scene by club staff before being rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.
Katsande then attempted to apologise to her victim by a Facebook message after it later emerged she had attacked the wrong woman. The 23-year-old thug has now been ordered to pay Ms Bugalska £800 in compensation and placed on a supervision order for the next 12 months after admitting the attack at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
Previously the court was told this was Katsande’s third conviction for assault. Fiscal depute Anne McNeill said Katsande spotted Ms Bugalska on the dance floor of the Opal Lounge, on the Capital’s George Street, at around 2.45am on September 16 last year.
Solicitor Paul Dunne, defending, said his client did not know her boyfriend would be at the club that night. Mr Dunne said: “She was confronted with her partner’s infidelity – he [also] did not know she was going to be there. “She went into the pub and witnessed the embrace and was concerned by this. She took great umbrage at this.
“The glass did not break – it was the impact of the blow that caused the cut and not the glass smashing.” Mr Dunne added Katsande had “instantly regretted” attacking the woman with the pint tumbler.
Sheriff Frank Crowe said: “You do have a previous conviction for assault and this was a very nasty assault where the girl was left disfigured. But you do have a good job and you have supportive friends.
I am prepared to give you an opportunity.”