Gorleston man jailed 10 months for pub “glassing”

Norwich Crown Court

Norwich Crown Court - Credit: Archant

A man has been left with facial scars after he was glassed in the face at a Gorleston pub.

The victim was hit with a glass by David Haynes, 35, as they were drinking in the Tramways pub, Norwich Crown Court heard.

William Carter, prosecuting, said the victim felt a blow to the left side of his face and then realised he was bleeding.

Mr Carter said Haynes ran from the pub after the attack and the victim was taken to hospital for treatment.

In an impact statement the victim said he is now not as sociable when out and feels less confident because of the scars to his face.

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Haynes, of Upper Cliff Road, Gorleston, admitted unlawful wounding and was jailed for 10 months.

Sentencing him, Judge Anthony Bate said the injury had been close to the victim's eye and said: 'It was an ugly incident in which you lashed out injuring another man. It could have been a far worse injury. Fortunately no glass got in his eye.'

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He said he had no alternative but to jail Haynes for using an 'improvised weapon' in such a way.

Andrew Oliver, for Haynes said 'He lashed out and did not intend to cause serious harm. He is sorry for the injury.'

He said that Haynes accepted he over-reacted.

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