Teenager speaks out after being scarred for life in horror attack

A TEENAGER left afraid to go outside after she was scarred for life in an attack on her birthday has spoken of her horror.

A TEENAGER left afraid to go outside after she was scarred for life in an attack on her birthday has spoken of her horror.

Charlotte Marks has spoken out in a bid to help find the girl responsible for the shocking attack which happened during her 19th birthday night out.

The Chelmsford teenager was hit five times in the face with a glass by another girl after a row in a toilet queue at a popular bar in the town.

The violent attack left her with a gaping wound across her forehead which was so deep her skull was visible.


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She also needed 10 stitches for the wound and also suffered concussion and sight problems as a result of the brutal assault in Que Pasa in Chelmsford.

Miss Marks, who has a two-year-old son Preston, said she was out celebrating her birthday when trouble erupted in a nightclub toilet and she stepped in to defend her friend.

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Although the injuries are starting to heal following the attack last month, it has left the teenager scared to go out and she hopes CCTV footage will help police.

She said: “I used to be happy go lucky but now I’m worried to go out walking through town with my son because she hasn’t been arrested, she might recognise me.

“She has taken something away from me but I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is. I haven’t been out since the attack happened.

“I’m a passive person, I’m a not a fighter. “My parents say that things weren’t like this 20 years ago and I worried what things are going to be like when my son is older.”

Miss Marks said she had been attacked following a simple misunderstanding when her friend went into a toilet cubicle ahead of someone else.

“Things escalated and someone grabbed me by the arms and I tried to get her away. I was hit five times in the face with a tumbler glass.

“Luckily the glass didn’t break until it was thrown on the floor.

“I was in shock. I could see something dripping from my head, I put my hand up and saw it was blood. I looked in the mirror and I could see my skull.

“I walked out of the toilet and just passed out, the next thing I knew I woke up and someone was treating me. There was blood everywhere.”

Miss Marks was rushed to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford where she had 10 stitches for the gaping wound before being discharged.

The following day she had to go back to hospital with concussion.

“My mind was playing tricks on me, I was trying to get the bread out of the fridge and put my straighteners in the DVD player. I called NHS direct and they told me to go back to hospital.

“The cut got an infection in it and I can’t feel the top of my head so she may have cut through a nerve. I couldn’t see properly out of my left eye, it was fuzzy but luckily it has come back now.

“The scar is still quite thick, I think it will be there forever.”

Police have released CCTV footage of two women they want to eliminate from their inquiries into the attack on Miss Marks at 12.45am on April 11.

Detective Constable Vincent Geaves said: “The person we want to contact in connection with this incident was aged between 18 and 20, about 5ft 3in and of chubby build. She had a fake tan, French manicured fake nails and straight shoulder-length brown hair with ginger and blonde highlights. She was wearing a black dress.”

“This was a nasty and unprovoked attack which happened after a verbal altercation in the queue for the toilets.”

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact Essex Police on 0300 333 4444.

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