Grantham court: Birthday night out ends in punch-up

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A 22-year-old’s night out to celebrate her birthday went badly wrong when she ended up in a fight with two of her friends.

Louise Serle of Heathfield Road, Grantham, admitted to using threatening words and behaviour on her 22nd birthday.

Prosecutor Shelley Wilson told the court how on Friday, May 30 at 2.30am in the morning, Serle was waiting outside the front of the Late Lounge.

Another female then exited the nightclub and the two women got into a fight during which they punched, kicked and pulled each other’s hair.

A third woman also got involved, pinning one to the floor while Serle stamped on her shoulder.

The fight was broken up by members of the public, and because the two other women were of previous good character they received summary cautions.

However Serle has been in court for a couple of previous matters, including a conviction for common assault at the crown court for which she had recevied a conditional discharge.

In interview Serle admitted that she had been drunk after going to both Gravity and Late Lounge.

She had drunk a whole bottle of Lambrini as well as vodka and cokes.

Defending, Chris Pye-Smith said that there was no breach of the conditional discharge because the offence pre-dated it.

He also told the court that the three girls were actually friends, but the problem began inside the Late Lounge when Serle was unhappy with the behaviour of one of them towards an unknown male.

He said this friend then punched Serle in the face, giving her a thick lip which she later refused to let police take a photograph of in order for action to be taken.

Moreover Serle was then ejected from the Late Lounge, and it was after this that the fight broke out.

Pye-Smith added that Serle has a child, and recevies income support and child benefit but gives most of this to her mother as she lives at home.

Magistrates ordered Serle to serve a 12 hour community order under supervision, during which she must carry out 40 hours of unpaid work.

She must also undertake a thinking skills programme and pay a victim surcharge of £60 and £40 towards prosecution costs.