A TEENAGER who hit a man in the face with a pint glass on Christmas Eve has escaped jail at Bradford Crown Court.
Judge Peter Benson told 19-year-old Martin Wyke that he would normally send people to prison for this type of offence, but because he had no previous convictions he would not do so in this case.
He ordered him instead to serve an 80-hour community punishment order.
The court heard that Wyke and his victim Richard Shooter were in Elements Bar in Huddersfield town centre last year and had been "eyeing each other up" all night.
When Mr Shooter went to the bar Wyke attacked him from behind, hitting him in the face with a glass.
The court was told that Mr Shooter had a total of twelve stitches to cuts on his cheek, neck and collar bone.
Wyke of Hollin Terrace, Marsh, Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.
He said Mr Shooter had hit him first and he was acting in self-defence.