Drunken clubber jailed for glassing man in 'cowardly' attack at Newcastle's Lymes
DRINK-FUELLED Adrian Poole has been jailed after he smashed a bottle over another man's head in an unprovoked nightclub assault.
The 21-year-old approached Christopher Hill from behind and struck him with a 'cowardly' blow leaving him needing hospital treatment, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard yesterday.
Prosecutor Neil Ahuja said Poole had earlier argued with his former girlfriend, who was with Mr Hill and others in Lymes, in Hassell Street, Newcastle.
The defendant had been on a date with another woman and argued with his ex-girlfriend soon after arriving at the bar.
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At about 1am on Sunday, September 2, Mr Hill was talking to friends near the toilets when Poole approached and struck him from behind with a bottle.
Mr Ahuja said: "He walked towards him and hit him to the back of the head. The bottle smashed.
"The defendant turned and walked off.
"The victim felt immediate pain and was aware he was beginning to bleed."
Mr Hill was taken to hospital where a cut to the top of his head was glued.
Poole was arrested in the town centre.
Police described him as affected by alcohol, but not severely intoxicated.
In his police interview Poole said he had been out on a date with another girl and he received texts from his former girlfriend.
As he came out the toilets he saw movement in the corner of his eye and he reacted instantly by swinging his bottle.
He said he could not believe he had done it and walked off straight away.
Poole, of Spring Crescent, Brown Edge, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Robert Smith, mitigating, conceded it was a 'cowardly attack with a bottle in licensed premises'.
But he said it was a single blow and added that Poole is thoroughly ashamed of himself.
Mr Smith asked Judge Paul Glenn to consider suspending any prison sentence.
But the judge said the offence was so serious only an immediate custodial sentence was appropriate and he jailed Poole for eight months.
Judge Glenn told the defendant: "It is common ground there had been an altercation involving you and your ex-girlfriend on the night in question.
"I am prepared to accept her behaviour was not beyond reproach.
"Christopher Hill was not involved at all.
"He had not even spoken to you that night.
"He had been talking to someone else.
"You approached Mr Hill at speed.
"From behind you struck a cowardly blow with a bottle.
"It smashed on impact. It was totally unprovoked.
"There was plainly a degree of premeditation.
"You were affected by alcohol and had consumed a fair amount during the course of the evening."
Judge Glenn also made an exclusion order banning Poole from Lymes, Newcastle, for the next two years.