A prolific offender who struck a man over the head with a glass during an ‘unprovoked and targeted’ pub attack has been jailed.
Daniel Dwyer was out drinking with a friend at the Broadway pub in Accrington when he grabbed Christopher Pilkington who was having a cigarette outside, Burnley Crown Court heard.
The 29-year-old dragged him by his hooded top into the pub and during the ‘scuffle’ struck Mr Pilkington several times over the head with the glass causing it to ‘pump blood’.
Antony Longworth, prosecuting, said the incident occurred after Mr Pilkington refused to shake Dwyer’s hand.
He told the court Mr Pilkington and the defendant – known to him as ‘Dwaz’ – were ‘not on good terms’.
Mr Longworth said: “Mr Pilkington fell to the floor and during the scuffle was struck over the head with a Strongbow pint glass. The glass broke but Dwyer continued to attack him.”
Mr Pilkington suffered two two-inch scars to the back of his head and another one-inch scar to the top of his head during the attack on August 6 last year.
He did not go to hospital until ten days later when he complained of lack of vision in his left eye, blurring and double vision.
A victim impact statement said Mr Pilkington felt ‘ill at ease’ after the attack and was ‘always looking over his shoulder’ when he went out.
He also said he was unable to sleep for a week because of his injuries.
Daniel King, defending, said Dwyer was offended by a ‘relatively innocuous remark or gesture’ and he ‘took it to heart’.
He said there was no suggestion Dwyer used the glass when he first grabbed Mr Pilkington and claimed he only did so when he was bitten by the victim during the scuffle.
But Mr Longworth said there was no evidence to support the claim that Dwyer had been bitten. The court was told how Dwyer, of Aitken Street, Accrington, had been convicted for a number offences in the past including burglary, robbery and assault.
He pleaded guilty to a section 20 wounding and was jailed for 17 months.
Sentencing, Recorder William TC Smith said: “You took hold of Mr Pilkington who was minding his own business, yanked him back into the pub and in the course of that assault you used a pint glass. How ever that came about that’s what you did.
“Fortunately for him those cuts weren’t as serious as they might have been.”