Sherry bottle thug jailed for 12 months

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A man who smashed a sherry bottle over a man’s head after an argument has been jailed for 12 months.

James Neilson had previously thrown a glass tumbler at the man while the pair were at a friend’s flat, Preston Crown Court heard.

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

The victim sustained a four centimetre wound to the middle of the forehead and a two centimetre wound to his head in the attack.

An x-ray showed glass was stuck in the injury.

Prosecuting yesterday, Hanifa Patel said the victim had been drinking with friends at the flat on Progress Court, Blackpool.

He and Neilson, 46, of Furness Court, Grange Park, started arguing and the victim tried to calm Neilson down by putting a hand on him.

The argument later restarted and Neilson grabbed the tumbler and threw it at the other man’s head before picking up the sherry bottle and smashing it over his victim’s head.

Neilson pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.

Defending, Fraser Livesey, said Neilson had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

He had originally been charged with a common assault, then this became an assault occasioning actual bodily harm before he was charged with wounding.

Mr Livesey said the escalation in charges had something of an effect upon the defendant.

He said: “He realises he could not really remember what had gone on through drink. All of the parties had consumed considerable amounts of alcohol.

“The defendant is a relative stranger to violence. Not withstanding the offence, he and [the victim] have met since and are on good terms.

“With the appropriate intervention, the defendant can steer clear of offending. He kept off drugs and alcohol for a substantial period in the past, but then reacted extremely badly to his mother’s death.”

The judge sentencing Neilson to jail said he could not suspend the sentence as the offence was too serious.

Neilson must also pay a £100 surcharge.