A MUM, who drunkenly glassed a woman in the face in front of her own ten-year-old son has been jailed.

Melanie Fry, 31, of York Road, Southend, admitted attacking Jessica Finley, in York Road, along with friend Andy Barlow in July.

Southend Crown Court heard Fry approached her victim, while holding a wine glass, and asked why she had been talking to people about her two children.

Caroline Gardner, prosecuting, said: “Fry said ‘If you don’t shut up I’m going to shove this glass in your face’.

“At that point she lunged forward with her right hand and made contact with Miss Finley’s face.”

Miss Finley then grabbed Fry’s hair, before Mr Barlow got involved. After the commotion Fry apologised and tried to shake Miss Finley’s hand.

The court heard Fry’s youngest son was present having got out of bed and followed his mother, who had been drinking, from their home.

Miss Finley was taken to Southend Hospital for treatment for a cut left cheek.

After her arrest Fry admitted what she had done, telling officers she had heard Miss Finley talking about her family and “flipped” when she saw her.

Fry, who also has a 12-year-old son, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.

In mitigation, George Papageorgis said Fry had begun having problems, including taking amphetamines, after moving to York Road two years ago.

He added: “It’s clear she was horrified by what she had done.”

The court heard in April 2009 Fry received a nine-month sentence, suspended for two years for possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Judge Ian Graham sentenced Fry to a year in prison, and a further three months for breaching her previous suspended sentence.

He added: “You have two young boys and clearly have a problem with drinking and have had a problem in the past with drug addiction.

“The use of violence involving a weapon is always a serious matter. To stab someone in the face with a glass makes it a particularly aggravated offence.

“The fact it took place in front of at least one of your children further aggravates an offence which caused a serious and unpleasant injury.”