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Teenager Destiny Buchanan cleared of glassing attack against Alice Cox at Crush bar in Dartford

09 February 2014
by Keith Hunt
A teenager accused of smashing a glass into a university student’s face has been cleared of wounding charges.
Destiny Buchanan, 19, was alleged to have lashed out at Alice Cox with the empty pint-sized tumbler during a night out at the Crush bar in Dartford.
Miss Cox, also 19, told a jury at Maidstone Crown Court that the glass struck her to her forehead.

She said she saw it coming towards her just seconds after drink from the same glass was poured over a friend’s head on the dance floor.
Miss Cox, who did not know Miss Buchanan, was left with multiple cuts to her face and had to have the bridge of her nose stitched.
At one stage during the trial Miss Buchanan’s barrister accused Miss Cox of behaving “like Muhammad Ali”, charging at the accused and going to attack her.
The prosecution alleged Miss Cox and friend Charlotte McIlroy were deliberately barged into by Miss Buchanan, then aged 18, and one of her pals, Megan Lowe, as they enjoyed their evening out at the bar in Spital Street on December 15 2012.
Maidstone Crown Court

Maidstone Crown Court

There was said to have been a previous grudge between Miss McIlroy and Miss Lowe over a boy.
Miss Buchanan, of Hawksmoor Close, Woolwich, south east London, denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and an alternative charge of unlawful wounding.
The trial had to be abruptly halted early on when she broke down in the dock, sobbing and shaking.
She smiled at family and friends after the jury of seven men and five women returned the not guilty verdicts.
Judge Charles Macdonald QC granted her travel costs to court.

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