Man admits glass attack

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A WIGAN man has admitted the savage “glassing” of a fellow nightclubber after an unusual double U-turn by prosecutors.

Richard Cowap, of James Place, Standish, had been due to face trial yesterday on a charge of wounding Kyle Halliwell with intent on September 15 last year.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that when first arrested, the 18-year-old was charged with that offence but this was reduced to wounding by the Crown Prosecution Service.

But after the victim’s father, a former police officer, complained that the offence warranted a more serious charge, the CPS reviewed its decision and the charge reverted to the original one, said Henry Riding, prosecuting. However the CPS then revised its decision again so that Cowap was once again accused of the lesser charge - something which he had always admitted.

And after further talks with the victim and his family they declared themselves satisfied with this admission after all.

Mr Riding said: “He will admit deliberately striking him in the face with a glass, as he admitted in an early interview.”

The incident happened outside The Presidential bar in Bolton Road, Ashton, in the early hours of the morning and Mr Halliwell suffered injury to his right ear.

Judge Nicholas Woodward ordered that a pre-sentence report should be prepared and further remanded Cowap on bail until April 20.

He warned Cowap that all sentencing options will be available when he returns.