A girl thug jailed for bottling a clubber while dressed as Little Red Riding Hood has gone from a devil to an angel – after setting up her own healing business.
Hannah Shotbolt, 24, hurled a bottle at a woman during a boozy night out with pals dressed as Little Bo Peep, the Queen of Hearts and a Ladybird.
It was one of three violent offences she had committed and a judge jailed her for 18 months for her “loutish and dangerous behaviour”.
But she turned her life around while behind bars and has now set up a card reading and healing business with the help of the Prince’s Trust.
Hannah, of Hucclecote, Glos., said: “I did not think I would be able to handle jail. I did not think I was going to come out alive – I thought I would be eaten.
“The whole experience was surreal. It was not a bad experience. I tried to take it as positively as I could and as a learning curve. I believe everything happens for a reason.”
The bottle attack happened in May 2011 in the Fever nightclub in Gloucester as Hannah celebrated a birthday with a group of friends.
She was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, her sister Louise as Little Bo Peep, a friend as the Queen of Hearts and another as a Ladybird.
Hannah fell out with a girl called Hayley Huntley in the smoking area – and later hurled a Budweiser bottle at her but missed and hit her friend Amanda Pearce instead.
Miss Pearce suffered a slash wound to her mouth and damage to three teeth.
Hannah admitted unlawful wounding and was jailed for five months at Gloucester Crown Court in March 2012. She served five months behind bars and spent another four months on an electronic tag.
After the attack she was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
“It means I find it very hard to finish things but prison was one of the few things I started and I had to finish,” she said.
“I also got put in touch with the ISIS Womens Centre – they kept me on track.”
Her time behind bars gave her the space to think about what she wanted to do with her life and she is now following her passion – and making a living from it.
Hannah has read angel cards for many years but only chose to set up professionally following help from the Prince’s Trust.
Angel card readings are similar to tarot card readings, where a psychic shuffles a deck of cards and the cards provide messages or guidance about problems, issues, or questions.
Hannah is also learning to be a Reiki healer and ultimately wants to teach yoga.
The therapies helped her deal with depression, which she had been taking prescription drugs for, and which played a part in the attack, and another before that.
She has not been in trouble with the law since.
Hannah said: “Those drugs only treat the symptoms but not the underlying problem.
“I am meditating now, rather than medicating. At the time of my offence I had depression and I was taking the wrong drugs.
“I had to ask questions of myself – that’s what medication does not teach you to do but meditation and yoga taught me that.
“It was better than anything I was prescribed.”
Her business is now going from strength to strength and her website is expected to go live next week.
“There are no negative cards and though people call it reading the future, I prefer to call it reading potential,” she said.