Woman, 21, sentenced to three years 10 months for assault in St Helens

**Published 12.30pm Friday 10th August**

We have today, Friday 10th August, welcomed the sentencing of a 21 year-old woman for an assault in St Helens.

Lauren Eccleston, of Priory Gardens, St Helens, was sentenced to three years and 10 months at Liverpool Crown Court after being found guilty after trial of a s18 wounding on 27-year-old Leah Harvey on 22nd August 2017.

The assault took place after an argument broke out between a group of friends who has been out drinking in St Helens and had returned to a property on Delph Hollow Way in St Helens.

During a disagreement with Leah Harvey, Eccleston smashed a vase over her head knocking her to the floor. Shen then used a piece of a broken vase to cut her leaving her with numerous lacerations to her face and neck.



WOUNDING SENTENCING 2 (1) Leah Harvey (pictured left) had to undergo surgery to her face at Aintree Hospital and has been left with permanent scarring.

Detective Constable Phil Poynton said: "This was a particularly nasty assault which has left a young woman with permanent scarring to her face and neck. It is only by chance that Leah Harvey wasn’t permanently blinded during the assault.

"Lauren Eccleston left the property before police officers arrived at the scene and continued to deny responsibility for the incident, forcing the matter to go to trial and prolonging the anxiety for her victim.

"I hope that today’s sentencing gives Leah Harvey a sense of closure and allows her to move on with her life. Lauren Eccleston will also have a considerable period of time to reflect on the consequences of her actions."