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Scissors attack girl is sentenced
Victim Natashia Jackman
Natashia Jackman was lucky not to lose her sight in the attack
A teenager who stabbed a fellow pupil in the eye with scissors on a school playing field has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years youth custody.

The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty at Guildford Crown Court of wounding Natashia Jackman with intent.

Defence lawyers said it was the act of "an unhappy girl who wanted to fit in".

Natashia narrowly avoided losing an eye in the attack at Collingwood College, Surrey, in November 2005.

Two girls who hid the scissors were last month given community orders for perverting the course of justice.

'Few friends'

Sentencing, Judge John Crocker said: "When the victim called you a name your reaction was to stab her in the eye.

"You showed no remorse then and you have shown very little since."

The court heard the girl had never settled in Surrey after her family moved there from west London.

After the move, the girl's high-achieving record started to slip, and she was befriended by her co-defendants.

I am satisfied that justice has been done
Humperdinck Jackman

Defence barrister Barry Kogan said she had been taken away from the few friends she managed to make.

Mr Kogan said the girl, then 14, had never met Natashia and it was pure chance she was with the two other girls in the dinner queue when they began taunting the victim.

He said she joined in as the girls threatened to cut Natashia's hair, and asked around for scissors, which a boy found in his bag.

Natashia went outside, but the trio confronted her.

The victim told the girls to leave her alone, and swore at them but the defendant then stabbed her in the eye, head and back.

After the hearing, Natashia's father, Humperdinck, said his daughter, now 16, who is now living in the US, was doing well at school and aiming to read English at university.

But he said: "None of us will be gloating - it's been much too traumatic a year for that - but I am satisfied that justice has been done."

Investigating officer Nick Beer said Surrey Police wanted to commend the victim and witnesses for "their bravery in often difficult and stressful circumstances".




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