Women sparked nightclub brawl after tell that sl*g to wind her neck in threat

Two glam young women have been spared jail after sparking a brawl in a Liverpool nightclub.

Rhi Grugel, 20, and Armani McShane, 18, were eventually ejected by bouncers at Modo nightclub following the incident on November 30 last year.

The girls claimed that Grugel, who had come out publicly as transgender, was the victim of "transphobic abuse" when "laughter and comments" came from strangers sitting in a neighbouring booth.

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Wirral Magistrates' Court heard how McShane danced over to the group and said: "Tell that sl*g to wind her neck in."

She then threw plastic drink glasses before slapping and kicking a male in the group.

Grugel was said to have jumped into the booth and joined in hitting people before McShane threw a glass candle holder.

The candle holder hit a girl in the group who required hospital treatment. She was left with a scar.

McShane also threw a barstool at someone before Grugel dragged another woman to the floor by her hair.

The victims denied making transphobic comments, arguing that they were simply "minding their own business".

Both of the girls admitted affray and were spared jail, despite the offence fetching a maximum sentence of three years.

Grugel received a 20-week sentence, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to complete 40 hours of unpaid work.

McShane received an 18-week sentence, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to complete 20 days of rehabilitative activity.

They were also both ordered to pay compensation to the victims – £50 to Lewis Rourke "who was punched in the face", £75 to Lucy Alcock "for pulling her hair and bruising" and £150 to Amy Hughes "for the cut to her face from a glass candle holder and having her hair pulled".

In mitigation, defence lawyer Eileen Chisnall said McShane showed "genuine remorse" and stressed she was only 17 at the time.

Defence solicitor Quentin Neal said Grugel also showed remorse. He added: "There was a perception on her part of receiving transphobic abuse."

Sentencing the pair, chair of the bench Rose Egan described the incident as "nasty and prolonged", adding that the women were "both jointly liable".

She added: "We believe that the custody threshold was crossed. There was the use of a weapon, and there is the prolonged nature of the attack causing injury to three separate victims, one of whom will have facial scarring as a result.

"However, we also recognise that there are mitigating factors for both of you. It was your first incident and it was an isolated incident and you have both shown remorse since the offence.

"We have decided we are not going to sentence you to immediate custody today."

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