Geordie Shore’s Chantelle Connelly avoids jail after being found guilty of punching woman

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Geordie Shore’s Chantelle Connelly avoids jail after being found guilty of punching woman

A former cast member of TV reality show Geordie Shore has lost half her income since she punched a woman on a night out, a court has heard.

Chantelle Connelly, 27, had denied grievous bodily harm on the 22-year-old she had been talking to in a Newcastle bar in October, but was convicted by magistrates after a trial.

Chairman of the Bench Leswyn McCallum ordered her to carry out a 12-month community order, 200 hours of unpaid work, pay £2,500 compensation to her victim, £620 court costs and an £85 surcharge.

Connelly can pay that off at £100 a month, Newcastle Magistrates’ Court agreed.

Geordie Shore’s Chantelle Connelly avoids jail after being found guilty of punching woman

Chantelle arrives at Newcastle Magistrates' Court to receive her sentence (Photo: North News)
Chantelle arrives at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court to receive her sentence (Photo: North News)

John Wesencraft, defending, said: “There is going to be quite a catastrophic effect on Miss Connelly’s income as a result of these proceedings.”

He said she made money from endorsing products on her Instagram account.

“Prior to these proceedings her income was fairly substantial, it has roughly halved since these proceedings.

“She has largely been dropped by the people who were putting work in her direction.”

The ex-Geordie Shore star was found guilty of assaulting a woman on a night out (Photo: North News)
The ex-Geordie Shore star was found guilty of assaulting a woman on a night out (Photo: North News)

There was no prospect of a return to TV work and she left Geordie Shore last year, the court heard.

Connelly’s monthly outgoings exceeded her income, Mr Wesencraft said, and she was coming under pressure from her bank.

Connelly continued to deny any part in the jealousy-fuelled attack.

The TV personality and the victim were introduced in the VIP area of a bar called Bijoux and were part of a larger group who were dancing and chatting.

Chantelle, who wore black for her previous court appearance, rose to fame on MTV reality show Geordie Shore (Photo: MDM)
Chantelle, who wore black for her previous court appearance, rose to fame on MTV reality show Geordie Shore (Photo: MDM)
Connelly quit Geordie Shore last year (Photo: MDM)
Connelly quit Geordie Shore last year (Photo: MDM)

But the mood changed when they moved to a different bar and Connelly became jealous about an ex-boyfriend, and repeatedly asked if the other woman had been with him.

Holly Common, prosecuting, said the victim felt intimidated as Connelly shouted at her.

The group split and the woman and friends headed to the Powerhouse nightclub, but Connelly caught up with them outside and, after grabbing her phone to check Facebook, she launched an attack.

She continues to deny her involvement in the assault, saying it must be a case of mistaken identity (Photo: PA)
She continues to deny her involvement in the assault, saying it must be a case of mistaken identity (Photo: PA)

The victim suffered a cut to the mouth, which needed stitches, and fractured her wrist when she fell, the court heard.

The Chairman of the Bench said: “The victim suffered serious injury which required immediate and ongoing treatment as well as the continuing effect on her mental health.”

Connelly insisted it was a case of mistaken identity and she was nowhere near the incident.

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