Teenager attacked stranger over Facebook abuse

Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Chambers Street
Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Chambers Street
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A teenage girl struck a stranger in the eye with a glass as she believed he was one of the “trolls” who had abused her on Facebook, a court has heard.

Nineteen-year old Roslyn Grady from Whitburn, West Lothian, was today ordered to pay her victim, Kenneth Newey, £225 compensation and fined £200.

Grady, who now lives and works in Shrewsbury, had pled guilty previously at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to assaulting Mr Newey to his severe injury in the Cafe Habana. Greenside Place, Edinburgh, on March 14 this year. Sentence had been deferred for background reports.

Fiscal Depute, Diana Macdonald, said Grady and friends had been on a night out in Edinburgh.

As they were leaving the premises, Grady approached Mr Newey and asked: “Are you Kenny?” and then hit him on the eye with a glass.

The Fiscal said the victim felt pain in the eye and could not see out of it. His friends saw he was bleeding from the eye. He attended the Royal Infirmary Eye Pavilion and was treated for corneal abrasion and bruising.

The police were contacted and Grady was traced through CCTV footage. She told the police she had been drinking and was sorry for what had happened. She claimed that her victim had humiliated her on Facebook.

The Fiscal said Mr Newey will have to attend an optician every six months for the next two years. Doctors had said he had been very much in danger of more severe injury.

Defence solicitor Callum Gee, told Sheriff Neil Mackinnon that his client had suffered trolling on the Internet, but admitted that was no excuse for the attack. Grady, he said, was now living and working in Shrewsbury and was receiving the support of those she worked for.

Sheriff Mackinnon allowed Grady to pay the £425 total at the rate of £30 a month.