Meriden woman to be sentenced for smashing bottle into victim's face

Published on Monday, 8 July 2019 19:18
Written by Charles Paullin


NEW BRITAIN – A Meriden woman is expected to see jail time for an assault last year that involved her striking the face of another person with a wine bottle.

Ivona Patrick accepted a deal in New Britain Superior Court Monday to plead guilty to the substituted charges of first-degree criminal trespass, first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, second degree threatening and unlawful restraint. She was initially charged with only first-degree assault in the April 2018 incident.

By accepting the deal, Patrick is scheduled to return and be sentenced on Sept. 18 to five years in prison, suspended after two years, with three years probation.

According to the warrant for her arrest, Patrick was partying with a few others at a New Britain apartment on April 28, 2018 when another woman yelled at her for dancing inappropriately.

During an exchange of words, at about 2 a.m., Patrick grabbed a wine bottle and hit the other woman in the face, police said. Both women were heavily intoxicated at the time, witnesses told police.

The victim bled profusely from gashes on her eye, face and mouth, the warrant said. She couldn’t stop the bleeding and went to a hospital, but didn’t report the incident to police until April 30, officers said.

Police went to the apartment after the report was made and found blood on the floor and the broken wine bottle, the warrant said.

The gash on the victim’s eye was so serious that she needed surgery, police said.

Patrick is released from custody on $35,000 bond. Patrick’s attorney James Hardy said his client needed to get administrative tasks done with her housing and employment before the sentencing.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 8 July 2019 19:18. Updated: Monday, 8 July 2019 19:20.