23rd Oct, 2017

Mum hit out on Jumpin' Jax dance floor

Coventry Editorial 4th Jun, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A SINGLE mother-of-two hit another young woman to the side of the head with a bottle during an argument on the dance floor at Jumpin’ Jax night club.

Danielle Dutton had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to wounding her victim Alecia Sewell during an incident in October last year.

But the 23-year-old, of Stein Way on Bannerbrook Park, avoided prison after a judge told her he was impressed she had made arrangements for her children to be cared for if she had been jailed rather than using them as a shield.

She was also made subject to an electronically-tagged curfew from 6pm to 6am for three months, which Judge Richard Griffith-Jones told her was ‘designed to ruin your social life’.

“I’m not impressed with you trying to get away with this at first, but you did plead guilty at the plea and case management hearing,” he added.

“I am impressed you care about your children enough never to use them as some sort of shield because you accepted you might be going to prison and took steps to make sure they would be OK.

“That does underline that you are someone who will show appropriate responsibility.”

The court heard Dutton left Miss Sewell with a 3cm cut to her head. The two had squared up on the packed dance floor after she had become frustrated at Dutton banging into her.

Initially a friend of Dutton, who was regularly mistaken for her, was arrested and questioned over the attack.

And when Dutton did report to police she refused to make any comment despite turning up at the police station wearing the same coat a CCTV recording showed the attacker had been wearing.

Simon Hunka, defending, said: “She tells me she surprised herself by her behaviour.”

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