AN attacker thrust a glass into a man’s throat when trouble erupted at a bar.
Ali Ahmad caused a serious wound to Simon Hewison’s neck which required emergency surgery.
He has now been jailed for six-and-a-half years for the vicious assault.
Mr Hewison, who had been at Ttonic bar in Sunderland during a night out with friends in February, will be scarred for the rest of his life.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Mr Hewison was already on the ground due to violence breaking out when Ahmad kicked him twice to the face.
The 37-year-old attacker then used his glass to inflict the horrific wound.
Mr Recorder Simon Hirst told Ahmad: “You pulled your arm back, changed the grip on your glass and forced the glass into the throat of Mr Hewison while he was on the floor.
“This caused a long wound to his throat which required surgery and left him with a scar which he will carry for the rest of his life.”
Ahmad, of Argyle Square, Ashbrooke, Sunderland, had denied wounding with intent but was found guilty by a jury after a trial.
Mr Hewison was made to relive the nightmare of what happened that night by giving evidence against his attacker.
As a result of the conviction the Home Office will now consider whether Ahmad should be deported back to his native Iraq.
The court heard Ahmad, who has previous convictions for violence, is unlikely to fight any deportation order.
“I want to go back myself, he said from the dock.”
Michael Hodson, defending, said: “The defendant will have enormous difficulties in prison, he won’t have the assistance of an interpreter.”
Mr Hodson said the attack was an “instantaneous reaction” and had not been pre-planned.
After the hearing, Detective Inspector Paul Woods said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked assault which caused serious injuries to the victim.
“The sentence today shows that this sort of violence will not be tolerated.”