A 46-year-old jealous bride, Audrey Stevenson of Bo’ness, Scotland, who knocked off the teeth of her former best friend, Veronica Bannon, leaving her in need of a cosmetic surgery has been fined £450.
It was gathered that Audrey, grabbed Veronica’s hair and smashed her face into a door, because she thought the victim “made a move” on her new husband. As a result, Stevenson and her husband Scott Allan were arrested and spent their wedding night in the cells. They also missed their honeymoon flight to Mexico on the Sunday despite having paid in advance for a second ceremony in the sun.
Shamefaced Stevenson appeared in the dock at Livingston Sheriff Court and admitted being “acutely embarrassed” about the clash at The Star and Garter Hotel in Linlithgow, West Lothian, on July 28 last year.
The council worker, from Bo’ness, Falkirk, was fined £450 and ordered to pay her former best friend £400 compensation for assault. She was allowed to pay the penalty by monthly instalments of £100.
The police prosecutor, Katrine Craig, said the wedding reception had been running for nearly seven hours when the bride went into the foyer at 1am and saw her new husband speaking to her best friend.
She said: “The accused was of the view that her friend was what’s described as ‘making a romantic move’ on her husband and engaged in an argument with her.
“She then seized the complainer by the hair and pushed her in the direction of a door which caused the complainer to strike her head off the door.
“The police were made aware of an ongoing incident at the hotel and turned up and spoke to the complainer.
“She at this time indicated that she’d been assaulted and she named the bride as being responsible.
“The officers noted that she was missing a front tooth, which she was holding in her hand at the time, and she also had minor swelling to her lips and her nose.
“The officers thereafter attended at the home address of the accused and she was detained.”