Jail alert over glass blinding

Ma Kelly's at the corner of Dickson Road and Talbot Road, Blackpool.
Ma Kelly's at the corner of Dickson Road and Talbot Road, Blackpool.
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A man has been warned he faces jail after admitting a serious wounding which blinded the victim.

Andrew Williams was told by Judge Andrew Woolman “a custodial sentence is inevitable” after pleading guilty to a charge of wounding with intent, on the day he had been due to face a trial.

Preston Crown Court heard the 45-year-old, of Blenheim Avenue, Blackpool, threw a glass in Ma Kelly’s, on Talbot Road, in the direction of the bar area.

The glass smashed as it hit a pillar.

Splinters and shards then flew towards a man in the bar, causing “devastating injuries” which left him blind in one eye and with only 25 per cent of vision in the other.

Julie Taylor, defending, said her client accepted throwing the glass after having a disagreement with a different man.

She said: “CCTV seems to show the glass breaks on a pillar and it is the splinters and shards that caused the injury.

“Others seem to describe being showered with breaking glass.

“He threw a glass.

“It caused devastating injuries. His actions were highly reckless.”

The offence happened on December 26, 2011.

Williams’ case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report and medical information on the victim’s injuries.

The defendant was remanded on bail for sentencing to take place at Burnley Crown Court on July 22.

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