A mum who was glassed in the face inside a nightclub says she was devastated to find her attacker was released from prison after just three weeks.
Emma Kelly, 25, was left permanently scared by the attack, which sent shards of broken glass flying into her face.
The young mum had been enjoying her first night out with her partner since they had become parents when Fazana Ayoub launched a glass at her.
Ayoub ‘shimmied up’ to Emma’s partner on the dancefloor of Maya in Liverpool city centre, prompting one of his friends to step in and ‘deflect’ her attention.
Moments later Ayoub’s glass shattered against Emma Kelly’s raised hand, sending shards flying into her face.
Last month, Ayoub was jailed for 12 months for the February attack – however, Emma Kelly was told her attacker would be released after serving just three weeks of her sentence.
Speaking to the ECHO about Ayoub’s release, Emma said: ‘People always say you do half the time so I thought she would do six months and that was fine
– but then it was three weeks. It’s not even half.
‘It’s made my anxiety a lot worse. It makes me feel a bit deflated, like people can do that and get away with it. This is the example that they set with short sentences – people can keep doing it.’
Emma said: ‘The impact has been huge for me. It has left me with bad anxiety, it has left me not wanting to leave the house by myself. I feel I can’t go out because I’m scared.
‘I’ve got a child and I can’t do things with her because I’m scared. I’ve still got bad facial scars.
‘I’ve got a scar across my forehead. That probably won’t go because it needed so many stitches. It had to be repaired because [medical staff] missed that there was still glass in there.’
Emma, who has a 22-month-old daughter, says she has been left feeling like the justice system failed her.
In a sentencing hearing at Liverpool Crown Court on September 11, the court was told Ayoub had 13 convictions for 27 offences, including robbery, battery and assault.
Emma said: ‘This girl had a lot of other convictions. What is justice any more? What do they define as justice?
‘I know it’s not her fault that she’s out either – it’s the justice system.
‘I don’t know how she can feel like she’s sorry for it because she hasn’t had the time to think about it.
‘People go on holiday for three weeks.’
Emma claims she was told by a witness support officer that Ayoub was recently released under a curfew monitored by an electronic tag.
A spokesman for HM Prisons and Probation Service told the ECHO: ‘A thorough risk-assessment is carried out before anyone is released on Home Detention
Curfew and they are subject to strict curfew conditions which if breached can see them return to prison.’
Ayoub, of Madelaine Street in Toxteth, was jailed for 12 months, a sentence reduced by 104 days for the time she had spent on curfew.