Glossop pint glass attacker spared jail

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An man who glassed his colleague in Glossop, leaving him needing 14 stitches in his arm, has escaped prison.

John Cooper admitted assaulting Ryan Hampson on April 5 outside the George Hotel, on Norfolk Street, where they were both attending a retirement party.

High Peak Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday heard that the victim suffered four deep cuts to his right bicep when Cooper intervened in an argument and threw a pint glass at him.

The defendant, 37,of Clayton, Manchester, said he had no recollection of the incident because he was drunk.

The prosecution said when friends informed Cooper what had happened he sent a text to Mr Hampson apologising for his actions saying it was “totally out of character” and that he felt “guilty” and “ashamed”.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said that her client, a married man with three daughters, deeply regretted the incident.

Hilary Batterbee, chairman of the bench, sentenced Cooper to a 26-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, 150 hours of unpaid work, a three-month curfew.

He was also ordered to pay £500 compensation, £85 court costs and an £80 victim surcharge.