Spray attack victim blinded

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A SHOP owner was blinded for a time after a man sprayed deodorant into his face.

The shop proprietor had asked Austin Wright to leave because he had been drinking and was staggering about in danger of damaging the computers.

Wright, unemployed, 20, of Gynn Avenue, North Shore, pleaded guilty to assaulting the businessman.

He was sentenced to do 100 hours unpaid work for the community and ordered to pay his victim £50 compensation plus £50 costs by Blackpool magistrates.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said Wright, who knew the victim, went into the shop on King Street, Blackpool, on August 19 about 9pm.

Wright was drunk and staggering about so he was asked to go.

Wright got a canister out of his pocket and sprayed it into the owner’s face.

The prosecutor said: “The victim lost his sight for a short time.

“He washed his face to try and get rid of the spray.”

Steven Townley, defending, told magistrates: “He says he was confronted by the owner and forced out.

“The owner had other friends present and Wright felt threatened.

“He had deodorant with him which he sprayed at the complainant when he came towards him.”

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