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Ex-Playboy Model of the Year guilty of toilet attack

Louise Glover
Glover picked her victim up by her hair and banged her head against the toilet

A former Playboy Model of the Year who banged another woman's head against a toilet up to 10 times and broke her nose has been found guilty of assault.

Louise Glover, 26, formerly of Essex, attacked Maxine Hardcastle after accusing her of looking at her husband during a night out in Brighton in 2007.

Glover fainted, sobbed and wailed after being convicted at Hove Crown Court.

Judge Charles Kemp told her to be quiet and adjourned sentencing to February. He warned her she could face jail.

The judge said: "All the court's sentencing options have to be open."

The court heard Glover, who had denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm, invited Miss Hardcastle and her friend, Nancy Stillwell, to an appearance she was making in Brighton on 15 December 2007.

'Essex girls'

They were part of a 10-strong party which moved on to the Oceana nightclub in the early hours.

Jurors heard the three women ended up in a toilet cubicle, where Glover became agitated and accused them of looking at her husband - from whom she is now estranged.

Glover - who has made semi-naked appearances in magazines and newspapers and was dressed in a pink Santa outfit - ordered the pair not to look at or talk to him.

"I know what you Essex girls are like," she told them.

My nose was on the other side of my face
Maxine Hardcastle

The court heard she "flipped" one minute, then showed warmth to the other women, before telling them she might be being paranoid and did not have many friends.

Glover then spilled an alcopop drink down Miss Stillwell's dress, and Miss Stillwell left the pair alone while she went to dry her outfit.

The court heard that was when Glover became angry again.

She hit Miss Hardcastle, breaking her nose and making her hit her head on the cubicle.

During the trial, Miss Hardcastle - the daughter of 1980s musician Paul Hardcastle - told the court: "I knew that my nose was broken because there was blood everywhere.

"But she just picked me up by my hair and pulled my body weight by my hair and did exactly the same thing again."

'Could not breathe'

Playboy's Model of the Year 2006 repeatedly hit her victim's head against the toilet and then tried to force her head down the bowl.

The court heard Miss Hardcastle could not breathe through her nose because of the blood, and had to try to keep her face away from the water in order to breathe.

She said: "My nose was on the other side of my face. It wasn't in the middle of my face anymore. It was completely on one side."

The attack ended after Glover's husband was heard outside the cubicle telling her to stop, the court heard.

Glover later claimed she acted in self-defence after Miss Hardcastle became emotional and hysterical about apparent family problems.

She said Miss Hardcastle sustained her injuries when the cubicle door was kicked in.

Glover, whose last UK address was Audley Gardens, Loughton, Essex, was given conditional bail.



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