A man who smashed a glass bottle over someone’s head in a Hull nightclub is facing a jail sentence.
Derren Winspear, 25, attacked his victim in Atik nightclub in Hull city centre in March 2018, causing a serious cut across the neck.
Winspear admitted causing grievous bodily harm and appeared at Hull Crown Court for sentencing on Monday, April 15.
CCTV footage from the club captured Winspear with the bottle in hand standing underneath an archway with his girlfriend before lunging towards the victim.
Prosecuting barrister Julia Baggs said: “The victim said ‘I am not sure what he did and how he did it’ but all of a sudden he was covered in blood.
“A witness saw the defendant holding the glass bottle and hit the victim on the head.”
The victim was taken to hospital for emergency treatment after suffering a seven centimetre cut to his neck caused by the bottle.
Fortunately, the victim did not suffer serious internal damage but will live with the scars for the rest of his life.
Ms Baggs continued: “The complainant now has trouble sleeping and gets anxious at night time.
“He has become very aware of his surroundings when going out and rarely goes on nights out anymore. He has not been to the same club since.
“He has a scar to his neck that is visible under his collar. He has been asked about the scar in job interviews and feels people are judging him as a result of him being attacked in a nightclub.
“The victim is constantly asked by random people about it, which makes him feel conscious about the scar.
“He feels that the whole thing has changed him as a person and would not wish this on anyone."
Defending barrister Andrea Parnham suggested that Winspear, of Sounders Crescent, Pocklington, had acted in “excessive self-defence”.
After being shown photos by police, she says that he was “remorseful” for what had happened and that he had no intention to cause such horrific injuries.
She said: “Mr Winspear is stood with the bottle down by his side and something catches his eye. He does turn with the bottle and he fully accepts that his actions were not reasonable.
“But there is an element of excessive self-defence. He perceives he was under threat by the victim. In my submission that does have some significance.
“He has no relevant previous convictions. It was a single blow and he is remorseful for his actions.
“It is not until the next day when he is arrested and realises the injuries caused. He is shown the photos in interview and becomes upset and shocked. It was never his intention to cause such injuries.”
Sentencing guidelines for such an offence have a starting point of two and a half years in prison and it would not usually be suspended.
His honour Judge Paul Watson QC admitted that had a guilty plea been entered at an earlier stage rather than on day of trial, Winspear would have been given a two-year sentence.
He said: “The defendant knows that for a suspended sentence it would have to be a sentence of two years or less.
“If he had pleaded guilty at an earlier stage that would have got him two years.
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“He has used a weapon on somebody which resulted in a lifelong injury. I appreciate it was not life-threatening.
“I want to think about this.”
Addressing Winspear, Judge Watson added: “I genuinely don’t know what to do. I will sentence you tomorrow morning (Tuesday).
“You will stay in custody between now and then.”
Winspear will return to the dock on Tuesday to find out his fate.
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