CRIME
08/18/2014 03:52 pm ET

Yasmin Thomas Avoids Prison Despite 18th Assault Conviction

Some people will spend the rest of their lives in prison for crimes like stealing a pair of socks, But Yasmin Thomas isn't one of them.

Last week, the 21-year-old English real estate agent was given a deferred sentence after she pleaded guilty to assault, her 18th conviction for the crime, according to the Bourne Mouth Echo.

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Yasmin Thomas arrives at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Bournemouth Crown Court judge John Harrow called Thomas' criminal record as "breathtaking," but he let her escape prison time, provided she stays out of trouble for two years and does 80 hours of community service.

All of her previous assaults were committed when she was under 18.

"It is not without a lot of hesitation and some reservations, I must confess, that I'm going to suspend that 12 month sentence for two years," Harrow said when handing down the sentence. "Any offense at all will be sent back to this court and you will go straight down those steps to prison for at least 12 months."

But Thomas' latest victim, 24-year-old Ronnie Lee, said the sentence was far too lenient, and handed out because his assailant was a woman.

Thomas smashed a drink glass into Lee's face at a Bournemouth nightclub in February.

Lee said Thomas got angry when he neglected to thank her after she picked up his friend's electronic cigarette that was dropped on the ground, according to the Daily Mail.

"It was only ten minutes from being on the dance floor to being in the ambulance," Lee said, according to the Daily Mail. "A nurse pulled glass out of my cheek and eye and I had four stitches in my eyelid. He told me that if it had been a couple of millimeters closer to my eye I would have been blinded."

"If it was the other way around and I did that to her, I would be going straight to jail," Lee said. "What happens next time if she does something and it’s life-threatening? She could end up killing someone."

The Express reports that Thomas' lawyer, Audrey Archer, told the court his client has had anger issues since childhood and would seek professional help to control her temper.

Judge Harrow has issued headline-grabbing sentences before.

As the Telegraph previously reported, in 2012, Harrow sentenced "a teenager who repeatedly raped his nine year-old male cousin" to two years of rehabilitation.

From the Telegraph:

The victim has special educational needs and the 15 year-old rapist, who cannot be named, has learning difficulties and “nothing would be served” by sending him to prison, the judge said.

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