Man needed stitches after being glassed outside Lower Swanwick pub

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A MAN who attacked a pubgoer with a glass during an argument has been ordered to do community service.

Liam Nolan left Ian O’Brien needing three stitches across his cheek after the attack, Portsmouth Crown Court heard.

The 21-year-old electrician threw the glass at Mr O’Brien after the pair got into an argument outside the Spinnaker Inn, in Bridge Road, Lower Swanwick.

Both men had been out drinking with friends before the two groups came together on the evening of May 24, 2009.

Nolan, of Hamble Lane, Hamble admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.

Sentencing him Judge Graham White said: ‘I accept that what you did was not planned in any way and it arose in the heat of the moment during the course of an argument which probably originally wasn’t any of your business.

‘You over-reacted as a result of your judgment being clouded by what you had been drinking. I don’t think you’re a person who normally behaves like that.’

The judge gave Nolan a 17-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months. He was told to do 150 hours of community service in the next year and pay £200 in compensation to Mr O’Brien and £75 in court costs.