A drunk reveller who hit a man in the face with a glass at a crowded pub leaving him ‘disfigured’ has avoided jail by ‘a hair’s breadth’.
The 27-year-old defendant was ‘goaded’ by Mr Brindle to go outside and ‘sort it out’, however McDermott threw his drink over him and then ‘pushed the glass into the victim’s face’, the hearing was told.
Mr Brindle suffered damage to two of his front teeth requiring 16 medical appointments, three operations, and a bone graft and has been left ‘permanently scarred’.
Recorder Guy Mathieson said McDermott acted ‘utterly disgracefully’ and has ‘ruined a man’s face’.
McDermott, of Broadfield Street, Oswaldtwistle, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and was jailed for two years, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay £6,000 compensation.
Karen Brooks, prosecuting, told the court how the two men clashed in the pub at around 10pm on December 20, 2013 and ‘ended up having a bit of a barny’ after Mr Brindle challenged McDermott to go outside.
The two men were ‘shouting at each other’ down pub corridor when McDermott threw his drink over him and then ‘pushed the glass into his face’, Miss Brooks said.
Miss Brooks said the incident also prompted a ‘big fracas’ in the pub car park afterwards.
When arrested, McDermott told police it was ‘all over a family feud’ and he ‘regretted what he had done’. Mark Monaghan, defending, said it was ‘absolutely and wholly out of character’.
He told the court it was ‘two lads with a family issues’, they got into a ‘bad tempered exchange’ and their ‘inhibitions were reduced’ through alcohol.
Mr Monaghan said McDermott didn’t use the glass ‘as a weapon’ and is a ‘respectable young man’.
He said that the McDermott had let go of the glass, which had caused the injury.
Mr Monaghan told the court how Mr Brindle had written to the judge urging him not to jail McDermott.
Recorder Mathieson said it was an ‘ugly injury’ and he has avoided giving direct prison sentence ‘by a hair’s breadth’.
Sentencing, he said: “You are a hard working man taking home good earnings with a young family.
“There is also a very different picture of you who, when in drink, is capable of inflicting terrible injuries on someone because you thought that was the right thing to do.
“Whether he challenged you or not, asked you to go outside or not, it was you who injured him and used the first violence.
“You who reacted to that goading and chose not to leave, but chose to hit him. You hit him in the face with a glass. Whether it was thrown or still in your hand perhaps matters little.
“That blow prompted some general disorder from which everybody got drawn in on the various sides in the pub. It was a busy public bar the Friday before Christmas. You ruined this man’s Christmas.”