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Footballer’s wife jailed for glassing pub-goer in “sickening” drunken attack after ‘gay’ jibe led to violence.

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A footballer’s wife has been jailed for glassing a man in a “sickening” booze-fuelled attack.

Mum-of-three Liane Wilkinson, whose husband Luke plays for League Two side Stevenage, had been necking Champagne at a barbecue before the incident, a court heard.

She left her husband to watch the Euro 2016 match between Germany and Italy while she went to a pub, the White Swan in Dunstable, with a friend.

A hearing at Luton Crown Court was told that inside the pub she began “bantering” with the victim, Matt Deanus, accusing him of being gay.

When he responded by saying he would show her how gay he was, she threw her wine over him and violence ensued, the court heard.

Prosecuting, Isabel Delamare said: “He threw drink over her and she then threw a glass on his head. It shattered on his forehead and bleed a lot.”

The attack left Mr Deanus with two permanent scars – one on the upper side of his forehead and another on his right eyebrow.

Luke Wilkinson, 27, was in the public gallery as his wife was sentenced to three years in prison, having been found guilty of wounding with intent on the evening of July 2, 2016.

The 34-year-old had admitted the lesser charge of wounding. She said she had drunk a lot and she said the glass had slipped.

In 2004 she received a conditional discharge for an assault, the court heard.

Defending, Nick Bonehill said she was the primary carer for her three children.

He said she had expressed nothing but “shame and remorse” and was “absolutely petrified” about the outcome of the sentencing.

He added: “Her actions are wholly out of character and will have a devastating effect on others. She is mortified. She has expressed genuine remorse and apologises for what happened.”

Mr Bonehill said her stupid actions for a few seconds had turned her life upside down.

He said: “The offence was completely out of character. She made a very big mistake. It is not the way she would normally act. She will not be in trouble again. She is not a risk to the public.”

Wilkinson, who wore a white blouse in the dock, brushed away tears as Recorder Jason Beer QC sent her to prison.

He said: “Glassing somebody is perhaps one of most sickening acts of drunken violence we sees in courts. Their effects are ugly and they are sometimes life changing. It was a crowded pub and you were significantly under the influence of alcohol.”

He said he could reduce the five-year starting point for the offence because she is the primary carer for the children, had shown remorse and delivered only a single blow.

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Nigerian Customs: Cars importation ban Remains.

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The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has maintained that the ban on importation of used and new vehicles into the country through land borders remains. 

The comptroller-general of customs, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd), said this on Monday, June 24, when he spoke at the official launch of a bilateral trade platform at Seme border.

a letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo Olupohunda According to Ali, the Nigeria Customs Service will not open land border for importation of used vehicles.

He, however, said the government was interested in the success of the connectivity platform that would facilitate border trade between Nigeria and Benin.

Ali urged that stakeholders should embrace the platform to enable the two countries to achieve seamless operations and trade facilitation as this would assist genuine traders.

“We are envisaging compliance, and we hope we get compliance; where individual decides not to comply, then the customs will ensure there is no illicit trafficking between the two countries,” 

The NCS boss noted that through the platform, false declaration of goods and some other illegal activities, experienced due to manual operation, would stop.

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Dozens get vaccine after Ebola outbreak in Uganda

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Report says, Ugandan health officials have reacted with the vaccination campaign for people who may have been exposed to Ebola.

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The outbreak, one of the worst in history, started in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last year and spread to Uganda earlier this month.


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