just us that think the reason this so-called 'judge' allowed this
violent criminal to walk free from court is because she
is _ _ _ _ _ ? (we'll leave it to you to fill in the gaps!)
refuses to jail woman plumber who glassed nightclubber who smiled at
her 'because she had been sexually harassed during training'
walks free after judge says harassment was to blame for her behaviour
describes her harassment as 'intolerable' and says she is 'impeccable
was described as being in the 'wrong place at the wrong time'
Spared jail: Sheona Keith, 22,
hurled her glass at a man she thought was 'eyeing her up'
A woman who glassed a male clubber that
smiled at her - and then blamed the attack on the fact she was sexually
harassed at work - was spared jail by a judge.
Sheona Keith threw her glass at a man in a
nightclub who she thought was 'eyeing her up', in an unprovoked attack
which resulted in him needing hospital treatment.
However, a judge refused to give her a
custodial sentence after accepting that earlier sexual harassment she
suffered at work was the reason behind her behaviour.
Instead, 22-year-old Keith - who admitted a
charge of actual bodily harm against James Kirkham - was given a
conditional discharge and ordered to pay £400 compensation by
Judge Philip Wassall when she was sentenced at Exeter Crown Court.
Describing Keith's case as 'unique', Judge
Wassall said she had an 'impeccable character' and that the sexual
harassment she had suffered was 'intolerable'.
At one point he said that she threw the
glass 'without knowing' it was in her hand and described the victim as
being 'in the wrong place at the wrong time'.
Passing sentence, Judge Wassall told Keith:
'You worked hard but your chosen line of work took you into a
completely male-dominated environment and one where, I am afraid, you
had to put up with sexist comments and harassment which there is no
'There is nothing I can do to stop it. It is
intolerable and should not happen, but it does happen.
Seat of justice: Keith appeared at
Exeter Crown Court following the attack
Pressure: Keith said months of
sexual harassment in her job as a plumber had prompted the attack
'When you were in the club you felt under
similar pressure of unwanted sexual attention from males around you.
'You felt threatened by this man although he
had not done anything wrong. You felt intimidated because of your
experiences at work and he happened to be in the wrong place at the
Highly unusual and highly
exceptional: Judge Philip Wassall ruled that Sheona Keith should not be
jailed because of her previous good character
'This offence carries custody but I take
into account your character and that you threw the glass without
knowing it was in your hand. It is not an excuse but it indicates a
lack of intent.
'I am going to do something highly unusual
and highly exceptional, I am minded to say unique. This is a very, very
unusual case in which there is so much mitigation and good character.'
The court heard how Keith - described as an
'attractive' young woman - had been subjected to years of sexual
harassment at the plumbing firm where she worked.
On the day of the attack, she was made
redundant from her plumbing job for which she spent three years
Keith lost her job after she complained to
her bosses about relentless sexual harassment from her colleagues, the
court was told.
Hours later she was drowning her sorrows in
a nightclub and - in a drunken state - thought Mr Kirkham was 'eyeing
Angered by the unwanted attention - the sort
of behaviour which, she claimed, had led to the loss of her job - she
threw her glass at him, cutting his head.
Howard Phillips, prosecuting, said the
attack took place in an Exeter club and the victim needed hospital
treatment for a one-inch cut on his eyebrow.
Nick Bradley, defending, said Keith had lost
her plumbing job that day and was drinking to drown her sorrows.
He added: 'She was made redundant from the
work she was doing. She had been suffering problems of harassment and
decided to make a stand.
'She was in a very male-orientated
environment and decided she was not going to put up with it.
Unfortunately the response she got was not as supportive as she hoped.
'She is a young lady who is not unattractive
and she received attention which she did not want. It was against that
background that she went out and uncharacteristically had drinks, which
she would not do normally.'
'I AM GOING TO DO SOMETHING HIGHLY UNUSUAL,
AND HIGHLY EXCEPTIONAL'... JUDGE PHILIP WASSALL'S COMMENTS IN FULL
'You have an impeccable
character. You took A levels, went to college, studied plumbing and
began working for a reputable local company.
'You worked hard but
your chosen line of work took you into a completely male dominated
environment and one where I am afraid you had to put up with sexist
comments and harassment which there is no excuse for.
'It is really
intolerable. You should be able to go to work without it but the fact
is that, doing what you do, until others become accustomed to it, the
reality is you are likely to experience this behaviour.
'There is nothing I can
do to stop it. It is intolerable and should not happen, but it does
happen. Someone like me can only begin to imagine what it is like to
under the constant drip-drip effects of this intolerable harassment and
these lewd remarks at the hands of those you were working with.
This forms the
background of why you lost your job and in the end resulted in all
this. You went to a night club even though you normally don’t drink and
don’t go out.
'You told the probation
officer you consider such places to be a waste of money and prefer to
save your money to build up your home.
'I accept you had become
thoroughly depressed by this unwarranted and completely unjustifiable
negative attention you had received.
'When you were in the
club you felt under similar pressure of unwanted sexual attention from
males around you.
'They may not have been
doing anything wrong but I can understand you did not see it that way
and you reacted, having had a great deal to drink.
'You felt threatened by
this man although he had not done anything wrong. You felt intimidated
because of your experiences at work and he happened to be in the wrong
place at the wrong time.
'You did not have any
intention of injuring him but in a state of great intoxication you
threw a glass in his general direction which caught him one the eyebrow
and caused a cut.
'You have shown immense
remorse and have taken it on yourself to address your problems and
'It is a particular
cameo that says a lot about you that since you became unemployed you
have been doing voluntary work in your spare time, not wanting to just
'This offence carries
custody but I take into account your character and that you threw the
glass without knowing it was in your hand. It is not an excuse but it
indicates a lack of intent.
'I am going to do
something highly unusual and highly exceptional, I am minded to say
unique. This is a very, very unusual case in which there is so much
mitigation and good character.'
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