Colchester woman found guilty of nightclub attack

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A WOMAN has been convicted of slashing a TV star's daughter in a nightclub.

Leanne Bloomfield, 28, of Highwoods, Colchester, denied using a shard of glass to slash Natalie Walsh, 22, upwards from her neck to her chin at Cafe De Paris near Leicester Square in central London.

The victim is the daughter of Ground Force star Tommy Walsh.

But a jury found Bloomfield guilty of wounding with intent following a four-day trial and seven and a half hours of deliberations at Southwark Crown Court.

After the verdict, Mr Walsh, who was in court with his wife and son, condemned the defendant's "laddish" behaviour during the assault on February 3.

The celebrity builder, who became famous in the BBC's gardening show Ground Force with Charlie Dimmock, said his daughter, who was not in court today, had undergone plastic surgery and therapy following the attack.

Speaking about the verdict, Mr Walsh said: "Pleased isn't the right word. Satisfied.

"There are no winners in this.

"The only winner is justice has been seen to be done.

"It was really tough but we are a really close knit family.

"We can move on. We've no interest in what happens from here."

After the verdict was read out, Bloomfield, turned to the jury and said: "I didn't do it", before breaking down in tears.

As she continued to protest her innocence, Judge Peter Susman QC told the defendant "please be quiet".

He adjourned sentencing to February 7 and she was bailed until then.

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