The teen, who secured her prison release on Wednesday evening, has insisted Sarah Ann was hurt in an accident after she threw a glass at the floor during a fight with her following a 14-hour alcohol bender.
Witnesses have told investigators Cole, who is in the Adjutant General Corps and works out of a barracks in Scotland, threw the glass directly at her pal’s neck and left her critically injured after the glass broke and she lost a large amount of blood.
Cole 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.
Diario de Mallorca said the army pair, who had jetted to the island on holiday with another squaddie friend Deborah Ferguson, had arranged to fly back to the UK together despite the incident at Banana’s nightclub at 1am on Monday.
It was not immediately clear yesterday morning if Garrity was still in Majorca or had flown back to the UK to continue her recovery.
Sarah Ann, who was born in Irvine, Ayrshire but is now living in Middlesborough where she is in the Royal Logistics Corps, reportedly needed 14 stitches to close a cut on her neck caused by the glass.
The soldier told court officials she did not want to press charges against her friend on Wednesday when they visited her in hospital.
The decision means she will waive her right to launch her own private prosecution against Cole – which under Spanish law would run separately but parallel to any state prosecution – as well as the right to any compensation if her pal is found guilty of any wrongdoing after a trial.
State prosecutors have not yet indicated whether they want to press ahead with a prosecution.
Cole told the judge who remanded her in prison on Monday during a court appearance that Sarah Ann was injured by accident in a row which started when her friend tried to intervene in a problem between her and Deborah Ferguson.
She told the court in Palma through an interpreter in a hearing which took place behind closed doors: “It was all an accident. She is my best friend and I didn’t want to hurt her.”
Revealing the women started a marathon drinking session that began at 11am on Monday, around 14 hours before Sarah was rushed to hospital for a life-saving op, she added: “We had been drinking all day and were both very drunk when it happened.
“We started drinking about 11am in our hotel and had some more drinks on the beach and then we went to an event with a free bar and we all drank a lot.
“The event was held in different places and Banana’s was one of those. I drank shots, vodka, gin, amaretto, shots with different alcohol in it.
“Sarah and Debbie were with me.
“I’ve been friends with Sarah for about a year and we’ve worked together in the army. She’s a higher rank than me.
“Debbie and I weren’t talking and Sarah tried to intervene to resolve the situation and that’s why we rowed.
“Sarah punched me in the face and I pulled her hair and then threw a glass on the floor.”
Asked how it was possible her friend had ended up with a neck injury said to have led to her needing 14 stitches after she lost a large amount of blood, Cole told the court: “The glass broke on the floor and one of the shards must have cut her.”
She also refuted claims by two witnesses who insisted she had thrown the glass directly at Sarah and not on the floor.
She said she had suffered an injury to her nose when she was allegedly punched in the face by her friend, but admitted she had not gone to see a doctor.
Additional reporting by Gerard Couzens.
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