Jailed for vicious attack

Alison Salter
Alison Salter

A BRIDLINGTON woman who glassed, knifed and bit her friend, leaving her scarred for life, has been jailed for 10 years.

Alison Salter, 30, of Rectory Walk, carried out “vicious and nasty” attacks on a friend on January 3 and 17 last year, York Crown Court heard.

Salter was friends with the 24-year-old victim but attacked her after drinking heavily.

She used a glass and bread knife, causing significant permanent injuries to the victim’s face, head and arm. She also bit her.

The attacks happened at addresses in York and Selby, with one taking place in front of the victim’s seven-year-old son.

Salter, who is also known by the name Alison Butler-Henderson, was jailed last Thursday at York Crown Court after pleading guilty to two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Det Insp Shaun Page, of North Yorkshire Police’s Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit in York, welcomed the sentence.

He said: “It sends a clear message that anyone committing violent crimes will face the full consequences of their actions.

“The assaults were committed by someone who the victim trusted.

“At the time of the offences the victim’s son, then aged seven, was present and actually witnessed the second assault taking place.

“These were vicious and nasty attacks, which have left the victim with significant, permanent scars on her face, head and arm.

“Due to the fact that the victim’s son witnessed one of the assaults, this was a very difficult and sensitive investigation to undertake.

“The investigation showed that in both instances Salter had been drinking heavily when the attacks occurred.”

His colleague Det Con Lucy Wise, the investigating officer, said: “I would like to thank the victim for having the courage to take part in this investigation and helping us to achieve justice on her behalf.

“We hope that both she and her family can now start to rebuild their lives after a very traumatic time.”