An aspiring pilot who threw a glass in an ex-soldier’s face and left him covered in blood has been spared jail time.
Leyla Binns, 20, left Harrison Savage on New Year’s Eve with a one-inch laceration under her left eye outside a nightclub in Lincoln, Lincolnshire.
Binns, who was a student at Britain’s first aerospace training center in Newark, Nottinghamshire, fell into an altercation with Savage after a row with a pal, Lincoln Crown Court learned.
Prosecutor Thomas Welshman told jurors Binns was involved after Savage moved her friend and his ex-partner Emily Barker to tears.
According to his friends, the smoking airman then punched and punched the former soldier before throwing a glass at him.
Meanwhile, he said his first memory of the event was waking up covered in blood and surrounded by paramedics.
The witness reported that Binns, from Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, had apologized, although a local police officer said she commented that it was “deserved”.
However, prosecutors conceded that she only intended to throw the jar’s contents at Savage, after which the jar slipped out of her hand.
The victim was taken to the hospital and his wound required eleven stitches.
Binns admitted to unlawfully injuring him, although the conviction did not prevent her from getting a job at East Midlands Airport.
In compensation, her lawyer argued that her actions were “uncharacteristic” and cited her excellent academic record.
Judge Simon Hirst sentenced them, saying: “If the glass had been in a different position Mr Savage might have lost his eye.”
“The way you behaved that night is one of the reasons decent people in this town don’t want to go out at night.”
He added that if she had thrown the glass intentionally, she would have been sentenced to imprisonment.
Instead, Binns was given a 10-month sentence, a year’s probation, 100 hours of unpaid work, and 15 days of rehabilitation.
She was also ordered to pay Savage £1,500 in damages and £535 in costs.
Judge Hirst warned her not to return to court for another offense or she would end up behind bars.