Breakthrough on glassing

POLICE have made a major breakthrough following a glassing at The Coast Hotel on Friday night.

Detectives yesterday arrested a Sapphire woman, 20, and charged her with reckless wounding.

She was conditionally bailed to face Coffs Harbour Local Court on August 16.

Staff at the hotel, in Coffs Harbour’s Moonee Street, called police and paramedics after the ugly incident which stemmed from a dispute between two women, aged 19 and 20, at 11pm.

Police said as a result of the scuffle, the 19-year-old was struck on the left side of her face with the glass and suffered cuts to her head and face.

She was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus where medical staff applied stitches to her wounds. She was later released.

In the wake of the assault, the hotel says it is taking action to try and stop such unsavoury incidents happening again.

Owner Mike Cherote told The Advocate this week that by the end of July, the pub would turn its nightclub upstairs into a cocktail lounge and function centre to attract an ‘older clientele’.

Mr Cherote confirmed Friday night’s confrontation happened on the pub’s upper deck which leads to the nightclub.

“No pub ever wants this to happen and we are looking at ways of curtailing that,” Mr Cherote said.

“Having a cocktail lounge will attract a different sort of clientele.

“I’ve had the pub for three-and-a-half years and that’s the second incident of this nature to happen. We’ve been pretty good.”

Coffs Harbour detectives are continuing their inquiries into the attack and are keen to talk to witnesses who haven’t yet come forward.

If you can help with the investigation, contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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