Judge blasts thug over club attack

Must archive'Preston Crown Court in Preston city centre / view
Must archive'Preston Crown Court in Preston city centre / view
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A judge slammed a drunken reveller who left an innocent clubgoer bloodied and battered.

Ian Gilmour punched his victim, who was on a stag party, three to four times inside the Flagship Bar.

He was given a suspended sentence by a judge at Preston Crown Court, who told him: “Courts are fed up of having to sentence defendants who, fuelled by drink or drugs, get into incidents in clubs.

“People are entitled to expect they can have a good night out, without the fear of being subjected to violence”.

Gilmour, 23, of Valley Court, Liversedge, West Yorkshire, had pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful wounding.

He was given four months’ prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to do a hundred hours’ unpaid work and pay £300 compensation.

The offence arose in the early hours of June 30 last year, when the victim and friends had been on a stag party in Blackpool.

At 1am they had made their way to the Flagship Bar. Hanifa Patel, prosecuting, said after Gilmour arrived he ended up arguing with the man’s friend.

About 10 minutes later, the defendant then approached the victim from the left, and without any provocation, punched him three to four times to the head area. This caused him to fall to the floor.

The man’s head was cut. He had to keep his head bent, to prevent the blood pouring on to his face and eyes.

Gilmour was pulled away and arrested at the scene. He had no previous convictions.

The victim was taken to hospital with a wound to the top of his head, that was cleaned and treated.

Waheed Omran-Baber, defending, said Gilmour accepted full responsibility for his actions. He said: “He has a considerable degree of remorse.

“He wanted to apologise to the victim that night. This was an isolated incident”.

The defendant was more than willing to pay compensation to the injured man, added his barrister. He has been put down for restorative justice, where he can make an apology in person to the victim.

Judge Michael Byrne also told Gilmour as he passed sentence: “When you came to your senses you were deeply ashamed of what had happened.

“But it didn’t take away the wound you had unlawfully caused.

“You were boozed out of your skull”.