TWO men were jailed for two years for an attack which left a man needing over 70 stitches in his back.
Gary Dye, 29, was held in a headlock while Arshad Bapeer, 30, struck him at least 17 times with a broken bottle, a court heard yesterday.
A year on from the attack - outside Livingstones bar on Queensgate, Huddersfield - Mr Dye still bears the scarring to his back and has flashbacks of the incident.
In a statement read out to a judge at Bradford Crown Court, Mr Dye, a landscape gardener, said he still suffered sleepless nights and now no longer felt safe going out.
Bapeer and his cousin, Baistoon Bapeer, 29, both of Manor Street, Newsome, had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to wounding Mr Dye.
Yesterday the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Stephen Gullick, jailed each of them for two years, despite hearing that they were both of previous good character.
He accepted that they had expressed remorse, but added: "Such behaviour in public places at night, when drink has been taken, involving the use of a weapon is unlawful and wholly unacceptable."
Prosecutor David McGonigal said a fight began inside the bar last November, after Baistoon Bapeer was seen flirting with Mr Dye's girlfriend and touching her bottom.
After security staff threw the fighters out there was a further fight in an alleyway at the back, during which Baistoon Bapeer put Mr Dye in a headlock.
Mr McGonigal said his cousin then smashed the bottle and used it to jab Mr Dye in the back at least 17 times.
Judge Gullick refused to make any recommendation that the two men be deported to Iraq at the end of their prison sentences.
But he noted that their convictions and sentences would be made known to the Home Secretary.
Barrister Gillian Batts, for Arshad Bapeer, said his client had at first got involved to protect his cousin.
But he admitted using excessive violence.
Baistoon Bapeer's barrister, Diane Nixon, said he did not realise his cousin was hitting Mr Dye with a bottle until the last few blows.