A YOUNG Wigan man who smashed a glass in another club-goer’s face has been jailed for four years.
A Liverpool Crown Court jury convicted 21-year-old Tarek Badran of wounding Peter Baston in the Reflex night club in Wigan’s King Street.
During the three-day trial the court heard how Badran launched the unprovoked assault after staring at his victim and then accusing Mr Baston of staring at him.
The jury unanimously found him guilty following three hours of deliberations but acquitted him of a more serious alternative charge of wounding with intent.
Judge Roger Dutton told Badran, of George Street, Hindley, that the case was serious because it involved an incident in licensed premises late at night.
The court had heard how Badran had been warned by bouncers earlier that night for brandishing a glass at other club-goers.
And the judge described the glassing attack as “premeditated” following the staring incident.
Andrew Ford, prosecuting, had told the jury that the incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday May 20 this year when the victim, a contractor from Bedfordshire who was working in Wigan, was in the club drinking with workmates.
The 44-year-old told how Badran came over and swung a hard blow with a glass and the pair crashed onto the floor.
The glass had smashed in the victim’s face causing cuts around both eyes and he left the club with blood pouring down his face.
At hospital he said he had to have a splinter of glass removed from his right eye and he was unable to work for a week as he was unable to see properly.
Medical reports read out at the hearing made no mention of glass in the eye ball, giving the reason for the temporary sight impairment as swelling around the eye.
Badran denied both charges and denied that he had been the man who inflicted the injuries.
Paul Becker, defending, said that Badran has previous convictions, including affray, but nothing of such seriousness.
Although admitting it was a very unpleasant incident he said that fortunately the injuries were not the most serious.