A woman who glassed her cousin in an unprovoked attack in a South Coast hotel toilet has avoided a jail cell but will serve an Intensive Correction Order.
Following a defended hearing Sara Dowling Dixon, 25, of Catalina, was convicted by magistrate David Degnan of recklessly wounding the young woman at Bega on August 19 last year.
Ms Dixon was sentenced in Batemans Bay Local Court to an 18-month ICO from July 9 - regarded by the court as imprisonment.
The sentence will be served by way of intensive correction in the community under the strict supervision of Corrective Services.
Ms Dixon will be subject to stringent conditions including 32 hours of community service work each month, take part in programs to address her offending behaviour, be subject to home visits by her supervisor and drug tests.
Mr Degnan said a custodial sentence was appropriate but the court was aware she had made changes to her personal circumstances to allow compliance of the ICO.
Ms Dixon replied “thank you”.
Facts state Ms Dixon was in the female toilet at the Grand Hotel in Bega at 11.30pm when she caused serious facial injuries to the woman after hitting her in the temple and left side of the face with a glass.
The 21-year-old woman screamed for help and other patrons went to her aid.
Her facial wounds received 21 stitches and photos of her injuries were tended by the Crown as evidence.