A WOMAN has been left scarred for life after a stranger glassed her in the face at work drinks.
Scientist Emma Newsham was having drinks with her colleagues on 'mad Friday', the last one before Christmas, when the unprovoked assault happened.
The 35-year-old, from Lancs, was left with deep shards of glass embedded in her face when she was attacked by Stuart Cunliffe, 27, on December 21 last year.
Speaking exclusively to Fabulous Digital, she said: "It was Mad Friday, just before Christmas, so the bars were busy and there was a great atmosphere.
"I was wearing my Wonder Woman Christmas jumper. We had only been to a couple of pubs, we were all sober and just enjoying our night quietly.
"I see the scar every morning when I look in the mirror. It makes me think of Christmas and I hate that."
Emma, who works in molecular research, was in her local pub in Chorley, Lancs, when she noticed the man next to her kicking off.
She said: "I heard him shouting and then I saw the glass, flying through the air almost in slow motion. It was aimed at someone else, but it hit my face.
"He threw the glass so hard it was actually embedded in my face – instinctively I pulled it out and the blood just poured out.
"I went dizzy and faint but I was in shock and my first thought, ridiculously, was for my Wonder Woman jumper. I was really annoyed in case it was ruined."
I see the scar every morning when I look in the mirror. It makes me think of Christmas and I hate that
Emma was rushed to hospital, where she had surgery to repair the wound across her face. It was so deep, she suffered ligament damage.
When Emma was well enough to go home, on Christmas Eve, she was horrified to hear her attacker had been released on bail.
She said: "I was devastated that he got bail. I didn’t know who he was. I was worried about bumping into him.
"He was allowed home for Christmas – but my Christmas was ruined.
"I slept all through Christmas Day, I couldn’t eat without pain from my bruising for weeks.
"My New Year plans had to be shelved too, I was so self-conscious about my face, and I still am.
"It was awful for my husband, Roman, too. Christmas was cancelled for us both."
Emma has since made a good recovery and returned to work, but she's still receiving treatment for the scar.
Cunliffe appeared at Preston Crown Court in February this year.
Emma said: "I went to court because I wanted to face him. I wanted to stand up to him."
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Cunliffe admitted two counts of wounding with intent, and was jailed for seven years and six months.
The court heard a second woman had received minor injuries from the attack.
We previously spoke to a woman whose husband was murdered for her kids' Christmas presents – and she's dreading the big day without him.
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