Paula Carline is accused of maliciously wounding Felicity Carline, her husband's ex-wife. Felicity Carline says that she had an awkward relationship with Paula whom she felt had been unpleasant to her. One day Felicity was buying drinks in an off-licence when she encountered Paula. She was making her way to the exit with her arms embracing a number of bottles when Paula threw a packet of nuts at her that she had forgotten to take with the rest of her shopping. This was an aggressive act that caused her to fall where she was badly cut by glass, causing serious and permanent injuries. Paula does not deny throwing the nuts but insists she was only trying to be helpful; Felicity fell accidentally by tripping on the legs of a display basket on the floor of the poorly-laid out shop.