By Daily Mail Reporter
A mother who almost blinded a grandmother with her stiletto heel in a drunken rage has been spared jail – so she can continue to care for her son.
Amy Beaumont left Alison Kachel needing plastic surgery after the New Year’s Eve attack.
But unemployed Beaumont, 22, was given a suspended prison sentence after a judge heard that she has a two-year-old son to look after.
Mrs Kachel wept at the news of the sentence, saying: ‘I can’t believe it. She’s got off with what she’s done to me.’
Spared jail: Beaumont, left, inflicted horrific injuries on Mrs Kachel
The court heard how Beaumont knocked her victim to the ground and repeatedly stamped on her after a row in a pub. On her way to hospital, Mrs Kachel, an entertainments supervisor, lost consciousness.
Wounds to her scalp and temple were glued and stitched, but she returned to hospital the next day with severe headaches. She says she was told by doctors that the vicious blow to her temple came perilously close to blinding or killing her.
The 44-year-old, who has three grandchildren, said she had been afraid to go out alone since the attack. She needs plastic surgery to mask permanent scarring and it is thought she is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Beaumont admitted kicking Mrs Kachel when she was on the floor in the Darlington pub, and said she was ashamed of her behaviour.
She claimed that the altercation started after Mrs Kachel danced provocatively on a table in front of her boyfriend. But Mrs Kachel said she only climbed on to the table to avoid the crush in the packed pub.
Christopher Baker, representing Beaumont, said the mother-of-one wanted to apologise for her behaviour.
But he told Teesside Crown Court: ‘Sending her straight to prison today would have a significant effect on somebody who is an entirely innocent victim. The removal of the child from his mother will not just have short-term effects, but long-term effects.’
Judge Rachel Hudson told Beaumont: ‘You have a young child you clearly care for well and it is right that you have the opportunity to continue to care for him.’
Beaumont, of Bloomfield Road, Darlington, admitted unlawful wounding, and was given a 12- month suspended sentence, ordered to undergo supervision for 18 months and observe an 8pm to 7am curfew for the next 16 weeks.