Victim asks Judge not to jail man who ‘glassed’ him in the face

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The victim of a glassing attack does not want the perpetrator to go to prison, a court has heard.

The man sustained an injury in the assault which required 11 stitches, however there is no visible scarring to his face. Sean Paul Cruickshank, of Waveney Mews, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on September 27, last year.

Derry Crown Court heard the 45-year-old was in Annie’s Bar and had a conversation with the injured party. This became ‘heated’ and Cruickshank hit the man a number of times.

Staff put Cruickshank out of the bar and he returned several times, punching the injured party again. On the final occasion, the defendant grabbed a glass from the bar and struck the injured party with it in the face.

The incident was captured on CCTV and the court heard the victim was left with a bloody face.

Cruickshank was arrested and he told police ‘well I did it, I glassed him’. He also claimed he was provoked and in fear for his life.

During interview, the 45-year-old claimed the injured party had called him a ‘touting b******’.

He said there had been previous problems with the injured party and he believed he was there to do him harm. Cruickshank also asserted he had been assaulted first and he had acted in self-defence.

The court was told the injured party does not have any animosity towards Cruickshank, isn’t scared of him and ‘doesn’t want him to go to prison’.

A defence barrister told the court his client is ‘apologetic and remorseful’ for his behaviour. He said Cruickshank left the jurisdiction immediately after the incident ‘to allow matters to calm down’.

The barrister added that since his arrest the 45-year-old has abided by all bail conditions, including a prohibition on consuming alcohol.

He said it was accepted the case crossed the custody threshold. The barrister told the court Cruickshank struck the injured party with the glass once and ‘thankfully in terms of injuries there is little of lasting effect’ on him.

Judge Philip Babington adjourned sentencing to allow him to consider several matters.

He advised Cruickshank to ‘put his affairs in order’.

The defendant was released on continuing bail to appear in court again on November 13.