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And you thought the royal wedding was a mess… Bride who stabbed her new brother-in-law in the face with the wedding cake knife after a vicious brawl with the groom avoids jail

  • Ashleigh Despirt, 29, stabbed her brother-in-law in the cheek with a cake knife
  • The violent act was spurred by a brawl between the groom and his brother
  • Despirt's lawyer claims she 'wasn't thinking rationally' as 'it was her wedding day'
  • The victim had to undergo surgery, and has been left with a visible face scar
  • Despirt has been ordered her to complete 350 hours of unpaid community work

The happiest day of newlywed Ashleigh Despirt's life turned to bloodshed when she stabbed her brother-in-law in the face with the wedding cake knife.

Despirt, 29, was celebrating her wedding reception at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, in Melbourne's south-west, when the festivities started spiraling out of control.

As family tensions reached boiling point, the groom and his brother – who also happened to be one of the groomsmen – became locked in a melee over a so-called 'angel table' that had been set aside for deceased family members.

It was then that the bridezilla picked up the knife, the Geelong Advertiser reports.

Newlywed bride Ashleigh Despirt, 29, stabbed her new brother-in-law in the cheek with a wedding cake knife during her own reception

Newlywed bride Ashleigh Despirt, 29, stabbed her new brother-in-law in the cheek with a wedding cake knife during her own reception

Despirt's lawyer, Kristen Moore, this week confirmed to the Geelong Magistrates' Court that there had been existing animosity between her client and the 26-year-old victim in the lead-up to the wedding.

But Ms Moore claimed that Despirt 'wasn't thinking rationally or clearly' when she thrust the cake knife through her brother-in-law's cheek at about 11pm.

'It was her wedding day,' the lawyer stated.

Despirt was celebrating her wedding reception at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, in Melbourne's south-west, when the festivities started spiraling out of control - with the groom entering into a melee with his brother, who also happened to be one of the groomsmen

Despirt was celebrating her wedding reception at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, in Melbourne's south-west, when the festivities started spiraling out of control – with the groom entering into a melee with his brother, who also happened to be one of the groomsmen

The brother-in-law was forced to undergo surgery for the gruesome injury, with Magistrate Peter Mellas noting that he would be reminded of the attack every time he looked in the mirror due to a visible scar left on his face.

Mr Mellas further concluded that Despirt clearly intended to injure the man – despite claims that she immediately fell to the ground and started crying after launching the savage attack.

He ordered her to complete 350 hours of unpaid community work as part of a two-year corrections order.

Despirt, who was supported in court by her husband, broke down and cried as her sentence was read out. 

Magistrate Peter Mellas concluded that Desprit clearly intended to injure the man when she plunged the cake knife through his cheek - and ordered her to complete 350 hours of unpaid community work as part of a two-year corrections order

Magistrate Peter Mellas concluded that Desprit clearly intended to injure the man when she plunged the cake knife through his cheek – and ordered her to complete 350 hours of unpaid community work as part of a two-year corrections order

It wasn't just the one scuffle that plagued the momentous occasion, however.

Ms Moore told the court that multiple disputes and brawls broke out throughout the day and night.

'There was a lot of fighting occurring at the wedding,' she said.   

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