Doncaster glass attack thug is jailed

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A drinker who smashed a pint glass into a female pub chef’s face in Doncaster has been jailed for five years.

The victim needed surgery at hospital, has been left scarred for life and has had to move out of the Doncaster area, Sheffield Crown Court was told.

Prosecutor Stephanie Hollis said: “To this day she does not know why the defendant did what he did.”

Miss Bates was the chef at The Black Bull in Doncaster’s Market Place and also worked behind the bar.

Harrison, of Jarratt Street, Hyde Park, who was said to have a drink problem, had been a regular customer for about a month.

He knew Miss Bates and joined her and her friends in November last year as they were out having a drink in the town.

There was a ‘slight altercation’ as the chef and Harrison talked about his girlfriend, but it quietened down and the pair were later having a drink at a bar before Harrison struck.

“Then without any warning he headbutted her, then in one single movement picked up a pint glass and struck her on the left side of the face,” said Miss Hollis. “The glass smashed, causing cuts to her face, and the assault carried on with Harrison continuing to punch her on the back. He had to be pulled away by other customers and bar staff.”

Police were called and Harrison said he was ‘stupid’ because he had glassed a woman. He added: “I know I will go to prison.”

Glass was removed from the victim’s face under local anaesthetic at Rotherham Hospital, but she later needed surgery to remove further shards of glass. When interviewed Harrison said the victim was ‘coming on to him’ and she threatened to have him assaulted by four males.

He then claimed his drink had been spiked but the police could find no evidence of that.

In a victim impact statement, Miss Bates said she was constantly reminded of the attack every time she looked in the mirror, and she may need plastic surgery. Harrison admitted a charge of wounding with intent.

Lucy Brown, defending, said he accepted responsibility but could not explain why he did it. She said: “His actions were wholly disproportionate and out of character.”

He had drunk a ‘considerable amount’ and admitted to having a drink problem. He cared for his mother on an informal basis. Judge Simon Lawler told Harrison: “You made a number of excuses but there is no evidence for those assertions at all.”