Stanley man admits assault after glass bottle leaves schoolgirl with horrific injuries

Matthew McCrea will be sentenced later this month after bottle smashed into car Stanley youngster Abbie Keers was travelling in

Police car
Police car

Lout Matthew McCrea has admitted throwing a glass bottle that smashed through a car window and scarred a girl.

Little Abbie Keers was rushed to hospital for plastic surgery on her face after the dramatic incident on Valentine’s Day.

Durham Crown Court heard yesterday the nine-year-old was in the passenger seat of a Fiat Punto on the A693 in Stanley, County Durham when McCrea lobbed the beer bottle toward the car.

The side car window was shattered and Abbie was showered with broken glass.

Yesterday, McCrea, 24, of Tyne Vale, Stnaley, County Durham pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Abbie was sitting in the passenger seat and her grandmother, former Northumbria Police officer Sandra Webb, mum Clare Webb and little sister Lexi, who was three at the time, were also in the car.

The Fiat Punto was travelling from the roundabout near the library towards the Asda roundabout at the time of the attack.

Abbie was immediately rushed to hospital and needed surgery to remove pieces of glass from her face from just below her left eye.

Although the incident was traumatic for the youngster, she is luckily not permanently scarred.

The youngster, who has been praised by police for her bravery, has said previously: “We were just driving along and I was playing on my iPad and then started dozing off. Then the bottle came through the window.

“I thought my gran’s tyre had popped, because it was more like a bang than glass breaking.

“When my friends found out what had happened they thought it was disgusting.”

Grandmother Sandra, who was driving the car, said: “It was like the biggest explosion and sounded similar to when an air bag goes off in a car.

“Abbie is quite a resilient little girl and she has done well to cope with what she has.”

Abbie also suffered cuts to her forehead, hands, nose and around her right eye.

The East Stanley Primary and Junior School pupil and keen gymnast has said: “The glass cut into my face and was stinging – it was very painful. But the doctors said I had been very lucky.”

McCrea is due back at Durham Crown Court in June. His defence team says the act was accidental and not reckless. McCrea was granted unconditional bail while the advice of experts is sought to assess at what speed the bottle collided with the car.


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