Glass attack victim needed 36 stitches, Leicester Crown Court told
A man glassed a house party guest, causing facial wounds needing 36 stitches.
Shane Wade Astill had argued with his girlfriend, who was hosting the event, before attacking the victim, who he suspected of stealing a bottle of brandy.
He was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison after a hearing at Leicester Crown Court.
The 26-year-old admitted unlawfully wounding the man, who has been left with permanent facial scars.
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He also admitted intimidating the same victim with threats afterwards, as well as four counts of shoplifting bottles of alcohol.
The victim suffered a two-and-a-half-inch gash on the right side of his face, needing 28 stitches, and other cuts which required eight further stitches.
Neil Bannister, prosecuting, said Astill was at his then girlfriend's party in Milton Crescent, Beaumont Leys, Leicester, on the night of August 30 last year.
The victim had earlier declined the offer of a drink of brandy from Astill, but later changed his mind.
He took hold of the bottle and went looking for the defendant, to check if it was all right to have a drink. The defendant suddenly confronted him and punched him to the ground
As the victim was getting up, he was struck with a glass.
Astill, of Linney Road, Beaumont Leys, pleaded guilty to the assault on the basis he did not realise he was holding a glass when he struck out.
Sentencing, Recorder Derek Sweeting said: "The colour photographs of the injuries are horrific, showing the deep and extensive cuts, which will no doubt lead to visible scarring. No-one has sought to argue that he won't be marked for life as a result of what you did.
"It happened after you had been drinking.
"On September 4, you sought to intimidate him. You threatened to mark him in the same way on the other side of his face if he continued with proceedings against you."
The court heard Astill had drunk two cans of lager and half a bottle of spirits at the party, before falling out with his then partner. He then thought the victim had stolen the bottle of brandy and reacted violently.
Recorder Sweeting said Astill's previous convictions included a wounding in 2004 and causing an affray in 2010.
James Varley, mitigating, said Astill never intended to inflict the injuries caused. Mr Varley said: "He's extremely remorseful. He's apologetic and thoroughly ashamed."