Man jailed over pub glass attack
Assault victim left permanently scarred
A 27-year-old man who head-butted another and struck him with a glass to his severe injury and permanent scarring has been jailed by the sheriff at Dumfries for 33 months.
The assault by Irving Gracie took place at the N’Dulge bar in St Andrew’s Street, Dumfries, and the glass was in his hand as he lashed out with his fist.
The court at Dumfries was told that the incident followed a brief encounter between the victim and Gracie’s girlfriend which had lasted about five seconds.
Gracie, described as a prisoner at Dumfries, admitted the assault which took place last December.
He also pleaded guilty to punching another man on the head at McDonald’s car park at Lochside Road in Dumfries six weeks earlier after being refused a lift.
The court heard that Gracie had threatened his victim with violence if he contacted the police about the incident.
He also admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at a house in Lochside Road in the town in May this year.
Gracie entered the property uninvited and pointed a knife at people there.
And, after leaving the house, he made a threatening gesture with the knife by drawing it across his neck.
Fiscal depute Marion Hodge said the victim in the pub assault had swelling to the forehead and a cut.
She maintained that Gracie had switched the glass from one hand to the other before delivering the punch.
Solicitor Ranald Lindsay, however, said that from Gracie’s version of events, the glass was in his right hand all the time and broke when he landed the punch.
“He had no intention of using the glass as a weapon … he did not intend to ‘glass’ him and it was a punch while holding the glass which broke,” said Mr Lindsay.