CCTV footage shows mums glassing each other in bloody argument over bar stool

Socking CCTV footage has emerged of two mums hurling wine bottles to each other in a "horrifying" pub fight.

The vicious fight that left both with visible facial scars took place at The Clock in Kirkdale, Liverpool on October 1 last year.

Paula Breen, 40, and Claire Bryne, 35, were both sentenced to jail as a result of the drunken brawl.

Security camera footage obtained by Liverpool Echo shows Breen sitting at a table with a group of friends until a moment later, Bryne takes a stool from her table and sits at a different table with another group.

Breen then subsequently walks over trying to take the chair back, prompting Bryne to pick up a wine bottle and repeatedly strikes her in the head with it.

Their friends intervene and separate the pair before Breen falls to the ground with "bumps" to the head.

But the mum-of-one quickly gets back to her feet and take a glass from a shelf, which she then throws at Byrne who is stood in a crowd of people, in what Breen described as "retaliation".

The glass can be seen flying through the air and hit mum-of-three Byrne in the centre of her forehead when it smashed and inflicted a "two to three-inch-long laceration".

The clip ends as more people intervene and Breen is persuaded to leave the pub.

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Breen, who was left with a wound to the side of her chin and cuts to her arms, told officers "I retaliated" when arrested.

Judge Gary Woodhall at Liverpool Crown Court said: "Other customers describe being shocked by the violence you both engaged in and feared for their safety.

"The CCTV footage speaks for itself. Anybody watching that CCTV footage would be horrified by the violence you both engaged in."

Christopher Hopkins, prosecuting, said both women made admissions in police interviews and pleaded guilty to affray.

Byrne, of St Alexander Close, Kirkdale, had a previous conviction for threatening behaviour in 2006 and a caution for common assault in January 2012.

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Peter White, defending Byrne, accepted it was an "exceptionally serious offence", adding: "The CCTV does her no favours."

He said Byrne claimed she hadn't been drunk, but was on medication for mental health issues and knew she shouldn't have been drinking.

Mr White said: "She had recently gone through the breakdown of her marriage of 16 years at the time of that offence."

He added Byrne cared for a 16-year-old son with "difficulties", and another child, aged seven, with less serious difficulties.

Rebecca Smith, defending Breen, of Craine Close, Anfield, who had no previous convictions, said there was a distinction to be drawn between her client and Byrne.

She said: "Whatever words were exchanged between Miss Breen and Miss Byrne, it was an unprovoked attack to start with."

Ms Smith added that Breen suffered from PTSD as a result of what she witnessed when her husband died in 2018, which had also affected her son, aged 22.

Judge Woodhall said when Breen first approached Byrne, it seemed "for no apparent reason" Byrne's "almost immediate response" was to attack her with the bottle.

The judge accepted Breen played a less serious role than Byrne, was of previous good character, remorseful, had worked in a nursing home and was a victim of recent domestic violence.

Judge Woodhall jailed Paula Breen for 10 months, who burst into tears, and Claire Byrne for 12 months, who showed no emotion.

Byrne then took the arm of Breen and consoled her, saying, "you alright girl?".

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