Brit soldier in ‘glass attack’ in Spain remains in critical condition

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: ‘ATTACK’: Garrity (inset, top) was wounded in Magaluf while Cole (inset, bottom) remains in custody. Photo credits: Shutterstock (main), Sarah Ann Garrity (inset, top), Sydney Cole (inset, bottom)


A BRITISH soldier remains in a critical condition after being stabbed in the neck with a broken glass by her colleague and friend during a night out in Magaluf.

Sarah Ann Garrity, 22, from Middlesborough, underwent emergency surgery and remains in intensive care in Palma’s Son Espases Hospital after the alleged assault which took place at around 1am on Monday.

A court in Palma has remanded 19-year-old soldier Sydney Cole, from London, in custody in connection with the attack. She is now set to face further questioning.

Pictures published in Spanish and British media showed Cole being led up the courthouse stairs by two Guardia Civil officers with her head bowed.

Police claim she slashed Garrity’s neck with a broken glass after an argument in a well-known nightclub in the resort popular with British tourists.

An army spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident involving two off duty soldiers in Spain.”

“An investigation by the local Spanish police is ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Garrity said on social media the day after she was wounded (Tuesday): “I cannot respond to all the messages from well-wishers, but I am alive and that’s all that matters.”

Hospital sources said Garrity was still in a ‘very serious’ condition but that her life was no longer in danger.

Police sources said the two were friends. It is unclear if they served in the same Army unit but social media posts show the pair together on several occasions. A police investigation into the incident remains open.

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