Glass attack youth, 18, walks free from court

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A WIGAN youth, who deliberately struck another young man in the face with a glass, has walked free from court.

Richard Cowap attacked Kyle Halliwell because, months earlier, the victim had unwittingly chatted up Cowap’s girlfriend.

Cowap, 18, of James Place, Standish, admitted that Mr Halliwell would not have known she was his girlfriend, but when he saw him that night he was “angry, jealous and flipped.”

He admitted that striking him while holding a beer glass was deliberate.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that the glass struck Mr Halliwell on the right side of the head, causing a cut to his ear, which required one stitch. He also suffered bruising to the right side of his face.

“It was totally unprovoked, and all the victim could recall was Cowap shouting abuse,” said Henry Riding, prosecuting.

Cowap also swung a number of punches at him, but these did not connect with any force, and Cowap then left the scene outside The Presidential bar in Bolton Road, Ashton.

When Cowap was arrested and interviewed, he said he had been very drunk and admitted responsibility for the attack. He said he was angry because Mr Halliwell had not assisted his friend when he had earlier been attacked by others.

Further quizzed about why he had been staring at the victim before the attack, he revealed he had been angry and jealous because he had chatted up his then girlfriend some months earlier, said Mr Riding.

Cowap was sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months, and an electronically-monitored curfew between 8pm and 6am on Fridays and Saturdays was imposed for six months.

He was also placed under supervision for 12 months with attendance on specified courses, including alcohol education, and ordered to pay Mr Halliwell £250 compensation.

He had pleaded guilty to wounding on September 15 last year.

Paul Becker, defending, said that Cowap has no previous convictions. He had pleaded guilty and was very sorry for the offence. “It was a moment of madness in drink.”

He said that Cowap is about to start an apprenticeship in horticulture.