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Bacup glass attack yob jailed
A VICIOUS drunk who smashed a pint glass in his own friend's face and left him with multiple injuries, has been jailed for 45 weeks.
Burnley Crown Court heard how 'coward' Stephen Garrard had struck Dylan Sagar when the victim had been looking away from him.
Mr Sagar, who had considered his attacker to be his friend, had been acting as a peacemaker, trying to smooth things over in a row between Garrard and another man at the British Queen pub in Bacup.
Mr Sagar's face was left 'peppered with lacerations,' but the most serious injury was his right eye, which was swollen and bruised. He told police he believed he could have been blinded.
The hearing was told father-of-two Garrard, who has a long record for violence, fled after the assault. He claimed Mr Sagar headbutted the glass.
The defendant, of Myrtle Cottages, Bacup, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, committed last October 19.
Brian McKenna, prosecuting, said just after 9.15pm, Mr Sagar asked the defendant what had been going on and why he had been 'having a pop' at his friend Stuart Fletcher.
Garrard pointed to somebody else, Mr Sagar turned to look where he was pointing and the defendant was seen to raise his hand over his head and slam the pint glass in his face. It shattered on the victim. Garrard then ran off.
Mr McKenna said Mr Sagar felt severe pain to the right hand side of his face, put both hands to his face and when he took them away, they were covered in blood. Police were called.
Mr Sagar suffered many cuts to his nose, forehead, cheeks and the top of his head and a swollen and bruised eye. He was shocked, angry and upset.
The defendant was arrested on October 22 and made no comment. He had previous convictions for affray, damage, police assault and assault and had received a suspended jail term in the past.
Sentencing, Recorder Philip Parry told Garrard his pre-sentence report was 'riddled with continued denials' and the defedance had been 'perhaps cowardly'.