By Court Reporter 14/05 Updated: 14/05 13:37
A MAN who smashed a bottle over another customer’s head at a Stratford bar has walked free from court.
Adam Scott, of Shottery Village, Shottery, had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to assaulting his victim Grant Taylor causing him actual bodily harm.
But despite Mr Taylor suffering an ugly 4.5cm wound above his eyebrow, 23-year-old Scott escaped an immediate jail sentence.
He was instead given a 12 months suspended sentence and 12 months supervision, and was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.
Judge David Tomlinson also imposed an electronically-tagged curfew from 9pm to 5am for four months and ordered Scott to pay £1,000 compensation to Mr Taylor and £500 costs.
The court heard in May last year Mr Taylor went out with friends in Stratford, and they ended up in the Number One Shakespeare Bar, in Shakespeare Street.
The bar was very busy, and at around 1am Mr Taylor was talking to his friends about five metres from the serving counter.
He turned to his left and, for what he said was no reason, he was pushed in the chest by Scott, causing him to stumble backwards.
Mr Taylor then saw Scott hit him over the head with the bottle.
Bleeding from a 4.5cm cut to his forehead, Mr Taylor was taken to the toilets to clean his injury and an ambulance was called to take him to hospital.
Scott was detained by bar staff and at first denied the attack until, on being told it would be on a CCTV camera, he then pleaded: “Please let me go, I don’t want to go to prison.”
When he was interviewed by the police Scott, who had a conviction for a public order offence and caution for assault, said he pushed Mr Taylor because he believed he had pushed his girlfriend, but denied using the bottle.
Nick Aldridge, defending, said Scott’s girlfriend had been pushed by someone ‘who had not apologised and was looking at his girlfriend in a particularly unpleasant way'.
He said that angered Scott, so he approached Mr Taylor and pushed him and in the melee he punched out – but had the bottle in his hand and lost his grip on it.
Mr Aldridge added Scott, who is on an engineering apprenticeship which he would lose if he was jailed, lives with his parents but is hoping to set up home with his partner, with whom he recently had a child.
Judge Tomlinson said Scott’s delay in pleading guilty after what he described as an 'ugly incident' had led to additional costs, but told him.
He continued: "At the age of 23, with employment and with a young child to support, it is suggested I should hold back from imposing immediate custody, which is undoubtedly the sentence any court would have in mind, and I am just persuaded that is the appropriate way of dealing with this case."
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