A MAN who struck another man in the face with a glass at a Ballymena pub has been given a six months prison term, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay his victim £1,000 compensation.
David Lynch (26), of Arran Avenue in Ballymena, was sentenced at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday regarding a charge of grievous bodily harm relating to June 2018.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was a “very serious assault” and said anyone who acts in such a fashion “can cause significant injuries”.
The judge said it had been as much a case of “emotional trauma” being caused to the victim as the physical harm.
As the victim looked on from the public gallery, Judge Broderick added: “If you are in a public house and you are hit in the face with a glass that would have a significant effect”.
The judge noted a report prepared in the case showed the defendant, a father of two with a previously clear record, had shown “genuine remorse and regret”.
A prosecutor told the court the victim had gone to hospital after being assaulted.
The court heard the injured man, who received two stitches below his right eye, had been in The Coach pub when he was struck on the face.
Footage showed the man was struck with a glass which the defendant had in his hand.
A defence lawyer said a woman had been involved in a “heated discussion” with the injured man.
The lawyer said the injured man had then leaned towards the woman and only seeing the end of the incident, it was alleged, Lynch had “misjudged” the situation.