/Mum high on cocaine slashed womans face after all night binge

Mum high on cocaine slashed womans face after all night binge

A mum who was high on cocaine slashed a woman at her own home after being kicked out.

Zowie Haygarth went back to Chloe Smith’s Birkenhead flat with a group of people who had stayed up drinking and taking cocaine until 8am after a night out.

The 36-year-old was asked to leave after becoming “rowdy” but went back for her bag.

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Liverpool Crown Court heard as soon as Ms Smith went to hand her the bag she was attacked by Haygarth, who wielded a “knife or knife equivalent” and dug the weapon in to the woman’s face.

Ben Jones, prosecuting, said Ms Smith had been out with friends in Birkenhead town centre on February 28 2020.

He said Ms Smith had been out with her boyfriend Scott Maxwell and their friend Max Brown and while in the taxi home Mr Brown invited Haygarth to “carry on socialising” at Ms Smith’s flat.

Mr Jones said: “The parties continued to consume alcohol and all parties took cocaine.”

He said Haygarth became “verbally abusive” and “threatened to strangle Ms Smith’s dog” and “smash the place up”.

Haygarth left when asked to but returned for her handbag, which Ms Smith handed to her at her front door.

Mr Jones said Haygarth began “immediately grabbing her by the hair and pulling her to the ground”.

Zowie Haygarth, 36, slashed a woman across with face with a "knife or knife equivalent" after a binging on cocaine and alcohol
Zowie Haygarth slashed a woman across with face with a “knife or knife equivalent” after a binging on cocaine and alcohol

One of the witnesses said Haygarth wrapped the woman’s hair around her hand before punching her repeatedly to the face.

Ms Smith felt “something very sharp” which she felt Haygarth “digging in” to her face.

She suffered multiple lacerations to her face which left permanent scars.

Ms Smith has suffered from PTSD after the attack and said the scars on her face made her feel “self conscious”.

Haygarth has previous convictions from when she was a juvenile including two counts of actual bodily harm in 1999.

In April this year she was fined for assaulting an emergency worker.

David Polglase, defending, said Haygarth had “vulnerabilities and difficulties” which effect “how she behaves”.

Mr Polglase said there was no evidence to suggest her disorder reduced her culpability but added “someone without those difficulties might have reacted differently”.

He said Haygarth has “dependency issues” and had recently made attempts to take her own life.

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Mr Polglase said: “There has clearly been a longstanding difficulty with alcohol, longstanding issues with domestic violence, longstanding issues with mental health and that has led to issues of self harm.”

He said she didn’t have long term stability and had been unable to stay sober, anxiety free and receive treatment.

Haygarth, of Craven Street, Birkenhead, admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

Judge Anil Murray, sentencing, said the injuries “must have been caused by a knife or a knife equivalent like broken glass or a bottle”.

The judge said he didn’t find it was a prolonged or persistent incident but said there was “grave injury” which had resulted in permanent scarring to the woman’s face.

Judge Murray said he took into account Haygarth’s “dependency issues” and is a “high risk of putting your own life in danger”.

The judge said Haygarth had been a victim of domestic violence in the past and that her father had recently died.

The court heard Haygarth suffers from emotionally unstable personality disorder and according to a pre-sentence report “can’t be managed in the community”.

The judge said he did not find that Haygarth’s condition significantly reduced her culpability but noted her condition would make custody “more onerous”.

Haygarth was jailed for 25 months and a five year restraining order was imposed.

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