Published On: Tue, Aug 1st, 2017

JAILED: Recruitment consultant who glassed two men 'to teach them a lesson'

Drunken Lynn Tonks, 50, left the two strangers scarred for life after deciding to ‘teach the young men a lesson’.

A court heard Tonks was out drinking with her partner and friends when she was convinced Simon Dove looked at her with “venom and hatred”.

She walked over to Mr Dove, who was out with two friends, and slapped him in the face.

But as the three men got ready to leave the New Moon pub in Fishponds, Bristol, Tonks drained her wine glass and put it in her jacket pocket.

She went outside where she delivered a “roundhouse” blow with glass in hand to a second man, Ashley Williams, leaving him with blood pouring from his face.

Tonks then attacked Mr Dove with the stem of the glass, which had a razor-sharp shard and left him with a large, arching gash, containing fragments of bone. 

The blow also cracked his eye socket.

Tonks told shocked witnesses at a nearby bus stop: “I’m 50 years of age. I don’t need this sh**.

“You don’t know the half of it. He punched me in the pub.“

Tonks, who worked for Blue Arrow, denied wounding and causing actual bodily harm but was convicted by a jury at Bristol Crown Court. 

Sentencing her, Recorder Michael Parroy QC told her: “I accept you made efforts in recruitment to give assistance to those in real difficulties getting into employment and you are of hitherto good character.

“But I saw the CCTV and I heard the evidence of your behaviour on the night in question.

“It is clear your behaviour was very different from that which had hitherto been seen.“

Defending, Tabitha Macfarlane, said: “It was a surreal night and she struggles to understand why she reacted in the way that she did.

“She has no history of violence and no history of poor anger management.

“It has had a severe psychological impact on her and she accepts full responsibility for it.

“Her remorse is genuine. A phrase she kept repeating to me is that she would not wish this on her worst enemy.”

After the case, Detective Constable Haley Matthews said: “The fact Tonks was intoxicated was no excuse for the level of violence she used against her victims.

“In using a glass as a weapon, she not only inflicted significant injuries but she also left her victims with permanent scars, which they now have to live with every day.

“Offences of this nature will not be tolerated and we will always do everything in our power to bring those responsible to justice.”

Tonks, from Downend, Bristol, had been part of a Blue Arrow team which raised over £1,200 for Help for Heroes.

She took part in a 10km mud race called the Wolf Run as part of the fundraising efforts.

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