A Wollongong woman who threw a schooner glass at a man inside the Cabbage Tree Hotel, leaving him with gruesome facial injuries, has confessed to her crime in court.
Emily Mortlock, 29, was with her boyfriend and two friends at the Fairy Meadow pub on the afternoon of July 29 last year when they got into a dispute with members of a Buck's party group over the use of the pool table.
It is alleged one of the victim's friends began making derogatory remarks about Mortlock and another female, calling them "sluts" and "whores". A verbal stoush ensued, during which the victim walked up to Mortlock's boyfriend and pushed him in the chest.
Court documents said Mortlock, standing less than two metres away, immediately threw a glass at the victim, hitting him in the left side if his face and causing the glass to shatter.
The incident sparked an all-in brawl, which was quickly broken up by staff.
The victim was taken to Wollongong Hospital before being transferred to Sydney Eye Hospital.
Hospital reports reveal the victim had to have surgery to remove glass fragments that were embedded in his face.
His injuries included a severed tear duct, a lacerated eyeball which required five stitches, bruising to his eyeball, a 2cm cut above his left eye, a 1cm cut on his eyelid and multiple lacerations to his face from shards of glass.
In police documents tendered in court, detectives were highly critical of Mortlock's behaviour.
"The accused's actions in no way justify the serious assault which was perpetrated on the victim," they said.
Mortlock was formally charged a month later and subsequently pleaded guilty to reckless wounding.
She will be sentenced in August.