Jailed for glassing man in city centre bar

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A drunken man who threw a pint glass in a ‘nasty and vicious attack’ has been jailed for two years.

John Paul Doherty, from Ard Grange, must serve an additional three years on licence following his release from prison.

The 29-year-old admitted maliciously wounding the injured party in the early hours of June 21 last year. He was later also convicted of wounding with intent to cause greivous bodily harm.

The incident occurred as both men sat drinking in the Central Bar on the Strand Road.

Moments before the attack, Doherty was seen on CCTV being abusive to his victim who had asked him to keep the noise down, or leave the bar.

Doherty suddenly and without warrning, picked up a pint glass and threw it forcefully into the face of his victim.

The man immediately collasped, and patrons fought to stem the profuse bleeding from a number of cuts and lacerations which later needed over 15 stitches and has left the man with perminent residual scaring.

The court heard the 29-year-old has a long term problem with alcohol and was very drunk on this night. It was also revealed he has written a letter of apology to his victim.

Derry Crown Court Judge Alastair Devlin, sitting in Belfast, told Doherty that his victim had done nothing, or posed any danger or threat to him when he launched the completely unprovoked and gratuitous attack.

He added it must have been not only distressing and frightening for his victim, but also for those in the bar.

However, Judge Devlin accepted that Doherty’s truly appalling behaviour was not premeditated but a spontaneous act.