Woman charged after glassing

A LISMORE man was hospitalised after allegedly being glassed by a female companion following an altercation at Southern Cross University's Unibar about 10.30pm on Wednesday night.

It is thought to be the first such incident at the popular Lismore student bar, generally known among students and party-goers as a safevenue. Police arrested a 26-year-old Lismore woman at the scene and have charged her with assault causingactual bodily harm.

She was bailed to appear in the Lismore Local Court next month.

The 22-year-old man rec-eived a laceration to his right temple and was taken to Lismore Base Hospital, where he was reported to be in a satisfactory condition.

SCU's director of Financial and Business Services, Michael Carter, said the safety of students and all patrons at the Unibar – and all otheruniversity facilities – wasgiven the highest priority.

“This is a very isolated event and is the first time an incident of this nature has occurred,” he said.

“We have been using plastic glasses on Thursday nights when we have a large number of patrons for some time now and always ensure that we have the necessary security in place.

“Safety is a very high priority and we will be reviewing the circumstances surrounding this incident.”

Meanwhile, NSW Police Association president, Sergeant Scott Webber, said glassing attacks were on the rise in NSW and he intended to take the issue up with the Premier and Opposition Leader in a couple of weeks, ahead of the 2011 State election.

“We're seeing an increase in these sorts of glassingincidents across the North Coast and the police association sees this as an election issue,” he said.

Members of the LismoreLiquor Accord were unavailable for comment yesterday.



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