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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Cumbrian man launched glass attack while on first date

A man smashed a glass into the face of another man who had been paying too much attention to the woman he was on a date with, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

Stephen Phillips, 26, had taken the woman – on their first and last date together – to the Warehouse club in Penrith last November.

But he thought Carl Sowerby was showing signs of becoming too friendly with her.

So when he encountered the pair chatting on the stairs he shoved out at the beer glass Mr Sowerby was holding in front of his face.

The glass rammed into his face, shattering on impact, prosecutor Becky McGregor told the court. Mr Sowerby suffered three small cuts to his mouth, all of which needed stitches, as well as “wobbly teeth” and a cut to his cheek.

A woman who saw the incident – which was caught on a CCTV video shown in court – described it as “totally unprovoked”, Ms McGregor said.

Phillips, of Greystoke Park Road, Penrith, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm – though Judge Barbara Forrester told him he was lucky not to have been charged with the more serious offence of unlawful wounding.

His defence advocate, Mark Shepherd, described Phillips as “a man who is clearly flawed”, with three previous convictions for violence.

He told the court: “He has problems with anger, and this was a moment of madness. He accepts that what he did was ugly. It is a serious matter and, quite honestly, dangerous too, because it could have caused worse harm.”

Judge Barbara Forrester gave Phillips a 16-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and made him do 150 hours unpaid work. She also ordered him to pay £246 compensation to Mr Sowerby, with £535 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.

She told him: “It does seem that you have a problem with violence and something has got to be done about it.”

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