Nov 19, 2009

Glassing Victim Finds Attacker On Facebook

Glassing Victim Finds Attacker On Facebook

3:08pm UK, Thursday November 19, 2009

Hannah Thomas-Peter, Sky News Online

A woman who was glassed in the face has told Sky News Online how she used Facebook to track down her attacker.

Jennifer Wilson (L) and Ashleigh Holliman

Jennifer Wilson (left) was attacked by Ashleigh Holliman

Jennifer Wilson, 20, was dancing in the Walkabout bar in Watford when a drunk woman lashed out at her.

Jennifer said: "She kept giving me dirty looks and then she pulled me off the stage onto the floor and pushed the glass into my face. I was in shock. I couldn't believe she would do that to me.

"I didn't realise how badly hurt I was until I saw the blood. I think it's disgusting that anyone could attack someone like that."

The woman ran off after the incident but Jennifer recognised one of her friends nearby.

After searching through 200 people on Facebook she found her attacker, identifying her as Ashleigh Holliman.

Jennifer said: "I went on Facebook and looked at a mutual friend's profile and searched his friends list. As soon as I saw her picture I knew it was her. She is quite distinctive, with red hair.

"I knew if there was any way I was going to find her it was on Facebook."

Jennifer gave Holliman's address to the police, but she wasn't home when they called.

The police then asked Jennifer to find out where her attacker worked.

She said: "It's a bit of a cheek to make me find her. They should have been doing the hard work, not me."

The police arrested Holliman, 22, at work the the following day. They took her to a police station where Jennifer picked her out in an identity parade.

A court awarded Jennifer £2,400 compensation and ordered Holliman to do 120 hours of unpaid work.

But Jennifer is still traumatised by the attack.

She said: "I don't enjoy going out any more. I don't like going somewhere where people are drunk and rowdy. I feel really anxious and claustrophobic. I was carefree before but now I am always on my guard."

A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokeswoman said: "Prior to police attendance the victim had made enquiries of her own and tracked down the offender on Facebook. She passed this information on to officers.

"Meanwhile, officers also conducted other investigations of the offence, including viewing CCTV at the bar and identifying witnesses who we interviewed."

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