One night out ended particularly bad for a man who was stabbed in the eye by a woman’s Christian Louboutin stiletto.
The woman, Shadiya Omar, who attacked Justin Lloyd on Oct. 18, 2014, is walking out of court without jail time. According to the Daily Mail, the 22-year-old student from Whalley Range, U.K. was waiting with her friend for a taxi after a night out in Manchester when Lloyd began arguing with her friend.
Lloyd, who is 22 and from Blackley, reportedly approached Omar’s friend outside the Mercure Hotel in Manchester. According to the testimony in the Manchester Crown Court, Lloyd offered the woman a potato chip, but she refused it and knocked them out of his hand. In response, Lloyd attempted to pour the bag over her head.
That was when Omar reacted by rushing to her friend’s side and striking Lloyd in the eye with her Christian Louboutin shoe. Prosecutor Jonathan Savage said:
“He was then struck a single blow to the left eye with an object.
“His next reaction was feeling that he has been hit in the eye and feeling a long object in front of his left eye, he had to pull it out.”
A dispute broke out between the women and Lloyd’s group of friends as Omar tried to hail a cab. Police showed up at the scene and Omar was arrested in a room at the Mercure Hotel where her boyfriend had been staying.
Lloyd suffered bruising and cuts to his lower eyelid, cuts to his upper eyelid and a fracture to his eye orbit. The bloody injury to his left eye was treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary and at Manchester Eye Hospital. Incredibly, Lloyd did not lose his eyesight. However, the court was told that he still suffers from pain and psychological trauma.
Savage stated that Lloyd was forced to quit his job as a laborer and has struggled to find permanent work on a building site as a result of his poor vision. In addition, he said:
“Looking in the mirror every day, he [Lloyd] would be constantly having a reminder of the pain he has been suffering.”
Lloyd has also lost confidence and become antisocial according to his mother, Paula Jacobs. Jacobs, 51, said the family has been having financial hardship having to depend on one wage. Helping her son with the psychological effects is also difficult, as she said:
“Since the case my son has gone antisocial. He doesn’t go to social events.
“My happy-go-lucky lad cheeky chappy boy is now just sitting in his bedroom depressed.”
Omar’s attorney, David Morton, said she pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding but explained that Omar had removed her shoes because they were hurting her feet. She did not have the intention of using them as a weapon.
Morton claims that Omar was only waving her shoes to stop Lloyd from harassing her friend and that she didn’t hit him in the eye on purpose. Morton continued:
“She acted using excessive self defense, describing the group as intimidating very tall young men who were clearly aware of their level of intoxication.”
Omar was consequently sentenced to 18 months of prison, but her term was suspended for two years by Judge Lindsey Kushner QC. In addition, she will need to complete six months of unpaid community work and supervision and pay a victim surcharge fee. Judge Kushner said:
“I know a shoe is a vicious weapon and you do know now clearly the heel is.
“I accept it was a moment of spontaneity — a spontaneous reaction. It was in a situation of hassling and ostentatious behavior, as far as your friend was concerned persistent irritation.”