A Co Down man who viciously attacked his sufferer with a damaged bottle was at present handed an eight-year prolonged custodial sentence.
Wilson Ian Barbour (41), of Clarence Home of Upritchard Court docket in Bangor, had beforehand pleaded responsible to a single cost of wounding with intent to trigger grievous bodily hurt.
Belfast Crown Court docket heard that on the afternoon of April 11, 2021, Barbour known as on the residence of his sufferer.
It was the prosecution’s case that each he and the sufferer had been ingesting alcohol and continued ingesting till the defendant turned disruptive and was requested to depart.
Prosecution barrister Mark Farrell mentioned that, as he was ushered to depart out the entrance door, Barbour “punched his sufferer twice to the face”.
“A combat ensued, throughout which the defendant smashed a vodka bottle and struck the injured celebration a number of instances to the face, head and physique with the damaged bottle,” mentioned Mr Farrell.
The court docket heard the sufferer suffered lacerations which required greater than 20 stitches, in addition to different wounds which have been glued.
Throughout police interviews Barbour initially denied attacking his sufferer. He later claimed he acted in self-defence and used the damaged bottle to strike the injured celebration.
Defence counsel Conn O’Neill mentioned Barbour had a historical past of alcohol abuse and substance misuse, coupled with psychological well being points together with post-traumatic stress dysfunction.
He added that the defendant had expressed regret for the assault and that his behaviour was “instinctive quite than pre-meditated”.
The court docket heard Barbour had a historical past of violence on his prison document, together with home violence and violence utilizing weapons.
A medical report mentioned that if Barbour continued to “binge drink” and abuse alcohol, there can be an extra deterioration in his bodily and psychological wellbeing and the “threat of additional irresponsible and damaging behaviour would persist”.
The court docket was instructed that Probation Board held a threat administration assembly, which decided that Barbour offered a excessive chance of reoffending and he additionally posed a hazard to the general public.
Decide Patrick Kinney mentioned: “I’m glad that the defendant poses a major threat of great hurt. This assault confirmed a considerable escalation in his violent behaviour. I’m glad that the defendant is harmful.”
He mentioned the annoying components have been the usage of a weapon, the usage of alcohol, the persistence of the assault involving a number of blows, Barbour’s prison document and that the defendant was on probation on the time.
In mitigation, Decide Kinney mentioned he was making an allowance for Barbour’s responsible plea on the morning of his trial and that the assault was not premeditated.
The decide added that he would impose an prolonged custodial sentence to “adequately shield the general public” from any future hurt.
Imposing the eight-year prolonged custodial sentence, Decide Kinney mentioned this could comprise six years in custody and two years on prolonged licence.
“After the defendant has served half of the custodial interval, a date for his launch will probably be decided by the Parole Commissioners,” added Decide Kinney.