Brit soldier, 22, left fighting for life after glass attack ‘by squaddie pal’ in Magaluf club is released from hospital


THE soldier critically injured in a Magaluf nightclub incident her army friend was arrested over, has been released from hospital.

Sarah Ann Garrity, 22, was discharged from Son Espases Hospital in Palma after more than 24 hours in intensive care and three days on a general ward.

The soldier is in a Spanish hospital after a life-saving op
Sarah was stabbed in the neck with a glass by pal Sydney
The pair were holidaying together in Magaluf when Sarah tried to break up a row, it is claimed

It was not immediately clear this morning if the Scots-born squaddie was still in Majorca or had flown back to the UK to continue her recovery.

Her hospital release came after she told court officials she did not want to press charges against close friend Sydney Cole and her 19-year-old pal was released from prison and told she could return to Britain.

Respected Majorcan daily Diario de Mallorca said the army pair, who had jetted to the island on holiday with another squaddie friend called Deborah Ferguson, had arranged to fly back to the UK together despite the Monday 1am incident at Banana’s nightclub in Magaluf which nearly cost Sarah Ann her life.

Cole, 19, will continue to be probed by a court in the Majorcan capital Palma on suspicion of wounding her friend with a dangerous weapon, a crime which carries a prison sentence in Spain of up to five years.

On Monday night she told a court that a glass she threw on the floor broke and part of it hit Sarah Ann Garrity in the neck, leaving her fighting for her life.

Victim Sarah Garrity, left, kissing the suspect Sydney Cole, right
Sydney Cole was hauled before a judge accused of attacking her squaddie pal in a Magaluf bar
The 19-year-old appeared in court on Monday
Sarah Garrity, 22, was stabbed by her friend on holiday in Magaluf

The Glasgow-born squaddie had her throat cut after trying to intervene in a row between two Cole and another Brit pal named only as Deborah, both of whom she was sharing a hotel room with, it was claimed.

Cole and Deborah had stopped speaking to each other after a 14-hour booze bender and the situation reportedly turned violent after Sarah tried to get the two women to make up.

Scot Deborah had punched Cole in the face and she reacted by pulling her hair, local news site Ultima Hora said.

Deborah is believed to have been questioned by police but her version of events has not yet been made public.


Witnesses have told police Cole threw the glass directly at Sarah and not on the floor as she insisted.

She is currently languishing in a Majorcan jail after being told she was under investigation for a crime of “wounding with a dangerous weapon.”

She has not yet been charged with any offence, as is normal in Spain where formal charges are only laid shortly before trial.

Sarah, who lives in Middlesborough and is in the Royal Logistics Corps, spent 24 hours in intensive care before being moved to a general ward yesterday.


Her condition has improved following a life-saving op.

Reports claim the women had been on a 14-hour bender before the incident at 1am on Monday.

Sydney is understood to have told the judge they started drinking at 11am in the unnamed Magaluf hotel they were staying at and they continued to booze throughout the day before heading to an event.

Cole is reported to have told the court: “It was an accident. Sarah and I were very drunk because we had been drinking since 11 on Sunday morning but I didn’t want to cut her throat. She is my best friend.

“We began drinking at 11am in the hotel, afterwards in a bar and then again in the room. Then we went to an event with a free bar and we had shots, vodka, gin and other drinks.”

She is initially being investigated on suspicion of an alleged crime of wounding with a dangerous weapon

A source

Official court sources confirmed yesterday Cole had been remanded in custody after appearing in court.
The source said: “A duty judge on Monday night remanded the young woman in prison.
“She is initially being investigated on suspicion of an alleged crime of wounding with a dangerous weapon.”

Well-placed sources say a decision about an eventual prosecution could depend on whether Scottish-born victim Sarah Ann Garrity, who is in the Royal Logistics Corps, decides to make a formal complaint against her close friend.

Witness Charlie Martin, 24, told The Sun Online he saw the two women arguing at the bar and tried to calm things down after one got a bloody nose.

It was a real shock and I immediately stepped in between them

Martin, from Portisheadeye-witness

Martin, from Portishead, said: “It was a real shock and I immediately stepped in between them and said: ‘Come on, come on, there’s no need for that’ when suddenly ‘bang’ the other smaller girl smacked her on the shoulder blade with her beer bottle.

“It was a really nasty hit and the red mist just descended.”

Holdaymaker Alice Gascoigne, 18, from Coventry, told The Sun Online: “Everyone was screaming, there was so much blood.

“She came out the club and she was holding her neck and she had a white top on and it was literally covered in red. Then she passed out and had a fit.”


Another witness described the scene as a “bloodbath”.

Pakistani kebab shop worker Suleiman was working next door when the victim collapsed outside his restaurant.

He said: “I couldn’t look it was so horrible. It was horrific. There was blood everywhere.

“I could hardly bring myself to look. It was a huge gash, and quite a hole that wouldn’t stop bleeding.

“There was piles of blood on the pavement and a group of around 80 or more people around her when the ambulance turned up.”

Another eyewitness said: “It was a very deep cut. There was a lot of blood. She tried to get up but collapsed.”

Barbara Nield, from Lancashire, whose 23-year-old soldier daughter Bethany Bancroft was engaged to the injured woman until recently, said: “Bethany is so upset because of what has happened to Sarah. They are not together now but they were very close.”

Bethany’s brother Ashley Nield, 29, described Sarah as “bright, witty, funny and caring”.

Sarah Ann Garrity is currently in a Majorca hospital
Cole pictured as she’s hauled before a judge in Palma, Majorca
The incident occurred at the Banana’s nightclub about 1am Monday morning
Sydney Cole was hauled before a judge accused of attacking her squaddie pal in a Magaluf bar
The judge will have to decide whether to remand her in custody or release her on bail

Sydney Cole is in the Adjutant General Corps

Sydney Cole is in the Adjutant General Corps[/caption]

The 22-year-old was stabbed in Banana’s Disco Club in Punta Ballena, Magaluf
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The attack happened at Banana's Disco on the Magaluf strip

The club is at the top of the popular Magaluf strip[/caption]

She was then taken to the nearby Hospital son Espases in Majorca

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