Teenage girl, 17, who ruined a house party and then stabbed the host’s sister with a broken bottle of Jim Beam bourbon avoids conviction
- Isabel Bisset, 17, was stabbed with a broken bottle at a house party last year
- Striker Ena Schaapveld, 17, came to the party with a friend, uninvited
- The girlfriend started the fight after Mrs. Bisset asked the couple to leave
A teenage girl who was repeatedly stabbed with a broken bottle by a gatecrasher was left smoking after her attacker left court.
Isabel Bisset, 17, was at a party with her sister in Christchurch, New Zealand on January 4 last year, when a group of uninvited guests turned up.
The gatecrashers – including Ena Schaapveld, 17, and her boyfriend – arrived at the party at 10 p.m., but were soon told to leave by Mrs. Bisset.
Moments later, the friend waved the bottle of Jim Beam bourbon and punched Mrs. Bisset in the head, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Isabel Bisset, 17, was seriously injured in her right arm after being attacked by two girls at a party at her sister’s house in Christchurch, New Zealand on January 4 last year.
Isabel Bisset (pictured) asked the gatecrashers to leave the party, but was bottled and then stabbed
Ms. Bisset had two cuts on her arm: one 4 cm cut on her right bicep, another 6 cm on her forearm
When the friend tried to hit her again, partygoers intervened and pulled her away.
Mrs. Bisset then tried to run away, but Schaapveld grabbed her by the hair.
The couple started fighting for other partygoers.
Schaapveld had a bottle in her hand while she fought with Mrs. Bisset.
During the brawl, the bottle broke without her knowing. She put Mrs. Bisset in the arm twice.
Ms. Bisset had two cuts on her arm: a 4 cm cut on her right bicep and another 6 cm on her forearm.
She was rushed to the hospital where she had to undergo surgery. It can take up to two years for the nerve damage to heal completely.
Schaapveld pleaded guilty to injury with reckless disregard. She was ordered to pay Ms Bisset $ 700 in emotional damage repair.
Judge Raoul Neave fired her without a conviction, because a conviction would affect her future job.
He noted that she had “significant difficulties in her background,” which he was certain had “influenced her decision-making.”
Schaapveld apologized for her actions in an affidavit.
“I was so mad at myself for letting myself get into that situation and I feel so bad about what I did to Isabel and I wish it never happened.
17-year-old Ena Schaapveld (photo) and her friend started fighting with the party guest after they were told to leave the house
Ena Schaapveld was fired without conviction after a confession of guilt for reckless ignoring
“I feel like I’ve closed the doors to my future … now I just hope I can get a job, I feel like my future is shrinking and my options are running out.”
She was given strict bail conditions prior to her conviction, which meant she was unable to associate with a few school friends. As a result, she dropped out of school, she told the court.
Ms. Bisset was angry with the outcome and told New Zealand Herald she felt that the legal system had failed her.
“My life has been completely changed by Ena, and I don’t feel she should resume hers as normal … Life isn’t fair, but she’s getting it fairly fair.”