A REVELLER who rammed a broken bottle into the face of another man during a disturbance outside a Huddersfield pub has been jailed for six years.
Customer sales assistant Nicholas McMahon had to have 64 stitches in his face after being slashed across the cheek by Evan Ghani during an incident outside the Rose and Crown pub in Almondbury.
And a court heard how he faces more operations to repair his injuries.
Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday how Mr McMahon had been trying to calm down the situation when two other men began fighting in the early hours of New Year’s Day, but he was then grabbed by one of the men himself.
Prosecutor David McGonigal told the court how Mr McMahon and the other man were grappling when Ghani picked up a bottle from the ground, smashed it, and then thrust it into his victim’s face.
The court heard that Mr McMahon felt pain immediately and became aware of blood coming from face.
He and his friends left the area and went to hide in a garden before making their way to hospital.
Mr McMahon’s injuries were assessed by a plastic surgeon and the court heard that seven months after the attack he was still receiving treatment.
Mr McGonigal said the complainant was very conscious of his injury and it had affected his work and social life substantially.
He was off work for several weeks after the incident and was now making a phased return.
“He is particularly conscious of how he looks,” said Mr McGonigal.
“He deals with the public on a day-to-day basis and thinks the public are always looking at him and staring at him wondering about his scar.”
Ghani, 27, of Woodman Avenue, Bradley, pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm earlier this month and details of previous record for violence were revealed in court.
The court heard that he had previous convictions for assault, affray and threatening behaviour and in July 2008 he received a suspended prison sentence for another offence of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, who gave Ghani that suspended jail term, described his own sentence then as “unduly lenient”.
He told Ghani the latest attack was a really unpleasant wounding and involved, in his view, an innocent man who had been acting as a peacemaker.
“For reasons I rather suspect you cannot identify or remember, you went over, picked up a bottle, broke it, and to put it bluntly, you rammed it into the face of Mr McMahon with quite appalling results.
“You tore his cheek through and through from front to back. You smashed his teeth. He is in a desperate psychological and physical mess and it will take, if he is to recover at all and regain his looks and confidence, many operations without any guarantee of success.”
Judge Durham Hall said it was in any view an horrendous injury and he warned Ghani that he faced an indefinite sentence or even life imprisonment if he committed another offence of wounding with intent.
Ghani’s lawyer Neil Murphy, said his client was intoxicated that night and he was extremely sorry.
“He is, on reflection, ashamed of his conduct,” he added.
“The problem is he gets involved. In this particularly case he didn’t need to get involved.”