A LOUT who glassed a man in a Rawtenstall pub and left him with facial injuries has been jailed for 12 months - and banned from the premises for two years.
Burnley Crown Court heard how binge drinker Mohammed Miah, 26, struck victim Ian Parkinson, who he did not know, as he was on the dance floor of the Queen's Arms, with friends, around midnight.
Mr Parkinson suffered lacerations on his eyelid and cheek. He had no permanent damage to the eye itself but was left scarred.
After the unprovoked assault, days before last Christmas, the victim had trouble sleeping. He was very concerned about the scar and was worried about going out in town.
Miah, who has 13 previous convictions, was earlier jailed for two years for affray and was on bail for that offence, committed in the same pub, when he injured Mr Parkinson.
The defendant, of Cape Street, Rawtenstall, admitted wounding, last December 18.
Sentencing, Judge Jonathan Gibson told him: "There is, of course, widespread concern about the use of glasses as weapons in public houses."
The judge said: "This could have been a lot worse if the eye itself had been damaged. Fortunately, it wasn't."
Gareth Shires, prosecuting, told the court Miah was not arrested until April 19 and he denied presence or knowledge of the incident. The defendant had a record going back to 1999.
Mark Stuart, for Miah, said there was no evidence to suggest the offence was premeditated.
He said: "The starting point must be an immediate custodial sentence in relation to this particular offence and I don't seek to say otherwise."
He added Miah accepted full responsibility for causing the injury and was genuinely remorseful.
Mr Stuart continued: "It's no excuse, but drink played it's part. The defendant did not intend to cause the injury."