Woman, 31, who glassed innocent man in beer garden avoids jail

Woman, 31, who glassed innocent man in beer garden after her mother was called a ‘Rottweiler’ avoids jail as judge says it would cause ‘immeasurable disruption’ to the lives of her five children

  • Keely Hodges, 31, accused Andrew Smith of insulting her mother at pub in Wales 
  • Hodges’ father said beer was being guarded by ‘Rottweiler’, nickname for wife 
  • Smith thought he was talking about real dog and said he doesn’t go near them 
  • Hodges shouted: ‘Don’t talk about my mother like that’ and smashed the glass

Keely Hodges, 31, glassed an innocent man in a beer garden in Wales after her mother was called a ‘Rottweiler’ but avoided jail because she has five children

A woman who glassed an innocent man in a beer garden after her mother was called a ‘Rottweiler’ avoided jail because a judge said it would cause ‘immeasurable disruption’ to the lives of her five children.

Keely Hodges, 31, accused Andrew Smith of insulting her mother because she thought he referred to her as a dog at a pub in Aberdare, South Wales.

But it was Hodges’ father who said his beer was being guarded by his ‘Rottweiler’ – the nickname he used for his wife.

Mr Smith thought he was talking about a real dog and said he didn’t go near the animals because he was scared of them.

Hodges shouted: ‘Don’t talk about my mother like that.’

She then smashed the glass into Mr Smith’s face which left him needing 16 stitches to a deep laceration across his forehead. He could have been blinded by the shattering glass.

Prosecutor Peter Domison said: ‘Mr Smith didn’t know the rottweiler being referred to was the defendant’s mother.

‘He commented that he didn’t go near dogs because he had a fear of them.

‘That was the spark that caused her to pick up the beer glass. It was an appalling reaction.’

Shop worker Hodges wept in the dock after admitting wounding Mr Smith at the Shepherds Arms pub.

Jenny Yeo, defending, said the lives of Hodges’ five young children would be ‘disrupted immeasurably’ if she was jailed.

Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke told Hodges: ‘Your father said he had cans of alcohol but he didn’t go near them because he has a Rottweiler.

‘He had the habit of referring to your mother as a dog, a derogatory term for women.

Hodges (pictured) smashed the glass into Mr Smith’s face which left him needing 16 stitches to a deep laceration across his forehead. He could have been blinded by the shattering glass

‘When Mr Smith said he didn’t go near dogs you pushed the glass into his face.

‘He didn’t insult your mother at all – he had taken your father’s remark on face value.’

Hodges was facing one year and nine months in prison after the court heard she had previously hit someone with a bottle.

The judge suspended her sentence at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court (file image) because of her five children aged between two and 14

But the judge suspended her sentence at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court because of her five children aged between two and 14.

Judge Lloyd-Clarke told her: ‘Your sudden absence would cause immeasurable disruption to the lives of your children.

‘If not for that, you would be going straight to prison today.’

Hodges will be electronically tagged and put on a 9pm to 6am curfew for the next four months. 

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