Shards of glass made 19 cuts in woman’s face at Southsea Drift bar Salsa night

  • Man smashed glass over victim’s head in Drift bar in Southsea
  • Shards of glass went flying causing 19 cuts to woman’s face
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A WOMAN suffered 19 cuts on her face after a man sent shards of glass flying in a bar during a salsa evening when he glassed a reveller.

Othman Mohamad pushed Cesar Martinez in Drift Bar and the pair both threw drinks over each other.

She believes she had 19 assorted cuts to her face and as a result of that she has lost her job because her employer was not happy with the way she looked – it looked like she had been in trouble

Daniel Sawyer

But Mohamad, 34, then picked up the empty glass and launched into an attack on the victim – sending shards of glass flying.

Prosecutor Daniel Sawyer said: ‘The defendant picked up the empty glass and hit Mr Martinez on the head with it.

‘It smashed – bits of glass went flying everywhere.

‘Having struck that blow the defendant then punched Mr Martinez in the face.’

The victim was left with a painful jaw and a 5cm cut on his forehead.

But the shards of glass rained down on another victim, passer-by Vanesa Garcia.

Mr Sawyer added: ‘She was simply nearby.

‘She seems to have seen it happen and describes herself as covered in glass when the glass broke and the fragments of glass caused multiple cuts to her head.

‘She believes she had 19 assorted cuts to her face and as a result of that she has lost her job because her employer was not happy with the way she looked – it looked like she had been in trouble.’

All of the incident was caught on CCTV – but Mohamad had no recollection of it.

‘His reaction to seeing the CCTV was described as being shock and remorse,’ Mr Sawyer said.

‘He fully accepted he’s the person shown in the CCTV.’

Mohamad, 34, of Auckland Road East, Southsea, was charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm for the attack on the man and assault occasioning actual bodily harm for injuries to Miss Garcia.

He pleaded guilty to both. He has no previous convictions.

Jason Halsey, defending, said Mohamad came from Libya to Portsmouth and runs a hairdressers shop which employs three people.

‘He’s determined to make a life here,’ he said.

Judge Roger Hetherington handed him a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years. The judge imposed a one-month curfew between 10pm and 6am.

Mohamad must pay £1,000 compensation to each victim, pay £350 prosecution costs and a £180 criminal courts charge.

In a statement, Drift bar said: ‘We have never had an incident at the venue in over 10 years of operation on a Wednesday night. As you can imagine deterring a one-off incident is a very difficult thing to do in our industry.’

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