A British soldier has appeared in court in Spain today accused of glassing her fellow off-duty servicewoman at a nightclub in Magaluf.
Sydney Cole, 19, from London, allegedly plunged a shattered glass into her friend Sarah Garrity’s neck at Bananas de Magaluf disco.
Ms Garrity, 22, who lives in Middlesbrough, was found in a critical condition and is in intensive care in hospital.
Cole was arrested by the Civil Guard and appeared at court in the Majorcan capital Palma to be questioned by a judge this afternoon.
Cole, 19, from London, is escorted by two Civil Guards to court in the Palma to be questioned by a judge
Ms Garrity kisses Cole on the cheek in a picture posted on Cole’s Instagram account
Cole (right) and Ms Garrity (left) were said by police to have been friends. A source said the incident took place after an ‘argument’
The attack happened at around 1am this morning and police have launched a full investigation, with Cole (pictured) being arrested
The hearing this afternoon was taking place behind closed doors where the judge will decide whether to remand her in custody or release her on bail.
Cole said nothing as she was escorted into court with her head bowed in handcuffs and wearing blue denim shorts and a white denim top.
The incident happened at around 1am this morning and police have launched a full investigation.
When doctors arrived, Scottish-born Ms Garrity was in a critical condition after losing a lot of blood.
Medics managed to stop the bleeding and stabilise her before she was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of Hospital Son Espases.
A few hours later, official sources confirmed to Spanish newspaper Ultima Hora that her life was not in danger.
Sydeny Cole, pictured heading to court in Palma, Majorca today, allegedly plunged a shattered glass into friend Sarah Garrity’s neck at the Bananas de Magaluf disco
Cole is led into the court in handcuffs, wearing blue denim shorts and a white denim top
Cole stands in a nightclub in Budapest, Hungary. Police have launched an investigation into the incident in the early hours of this morning
Another social media picture shows Cole (centre) during her passing out parade in 2017
The attack took place in the popular area of Punta Bellena and followed some sort of argument.
A source said: ‘The girl who was injured suffered a cut to her throat. She was rushed to intensive care and had an emergency op.
‘She’s still very serious but we’re hearing the operation has been successful and saved her life.’
A source at Son Espases Hospital in Palma confirmed this morning the injured woman was ‘critical’ and in intensive care.
A source in the emergency response coordination centre said: ‘We received the first calls at 12.55am, about a fight in a nightclub between two female friends.
Ms Garrity (right) was rushed to the intensive care unit at Hospital Son Espases and is in a critical condition, despite her life not being in danger. She was allegedly attacked by Cole (left) who was arrested at the scene
Sarah Ann Garrity (pictured), 22, from Middlesbrough is in critical condition in hospital after the attack
The incident happened at the Bananas de Magaluf nightclub (pictured) in the popular party area of Punta Ballena
‘The alert that came in said the incident involved a physical attack with a glass by one friend against another.’
Police sources described the pair as friends.
It was not immediately clear if the casualty was glassed with a broken bottle or was hurt when a glass was thrown at her, although sources said they believed she suffered a cut throat after a glass was thrown.
An Army spokesman said: ‘We are aware of an incident involving two off duty soldiers in Spain.
‘An investigation by the local Spanish police is ongoing, and it would be inappropriate to comment further.’