A man has been sent to prison after throwing a glass bottle while drunk, leaving a 9-year-old “scarred for life.”
Abbie Keers, of Stanley, County Durham, was showered with glass and she needed plastic surgery as a result, Metro reports.
Abbie’s face was left bloody in February after Matthew McCrea, 24, threw a beer bottle from an over pass onto a dual carriage way and it went through the window of the car she was traveling in.
Her grandmother, Sandra Webb, who was in the vehicle at the time of the incident, said the traumatic experience has changed Abbie’s personality.
While the 9-year-old has made a quick physical recovery, her mental scars will take longer to heal.
McCrea who had downed 15 bottles of beer before carelessly chucking the empty bottle, was sentenced to eight months in jail for assault Thursday at Durham Crown Court.
McCrea admitted to throwing the bottle, but claims he was not aiming at the car, the BBC reports.
Despite her ordeal, Abbie continues to compete in junior gymnastics events, the court was told.
Judge Penny Moreland says an immediate custodial sentence was “unavoidable” because the victim was a child.