A DRUNKEN man who attacked a young woman with a broken vodka bottle has been jailed for eight months.
Gareth Charlton hit the woman twice during a fracas in the street, Durham Crown Court heard.
“On the evening of New Year’s Day the defendant turned up at a house in Seaham,” said Alex Burns, prosecuting.
“He was drunk and after a short while was asked to leave.
“He was carrying a bottle of vodka and leaving on his bicycle when the eventual victim approached him and struck him.
“This may have been because she feared Charlton was going to attack her mother.”
The court heard the bottle of vodka smashed when Charlton went to the ground, and he was still holding it when he struck out twice at his victim.
She suffered two cuts needing stitches.
Charlton, 29, of Alexandrina Street, Seaham, admitted unlawful wounding on January 1 this year.
He has previous convictions for unlawful wounding, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, arson, two offences of affray, three offences of battery, criminal damage, common assault and offences of dishonesty.
Jane Waugh, defending, said in mitigation: “This was self-defence gone too far. He was trying to walk away from confrontation, but was attacked by the victim after she followed him.
“Mr Charlton was not aware he still had the bottle in his hand when he struck the woman, so his use of a weapon was not deliberate, it was inadvertent.
“He is keen to put this matter behind him and get his life back on track.”
The Recorder, Mr Ian Atherton, jailed Charlton for eight months.
The recorder told him: “You had a broken bottle in your hand, and while the first blow has been described as self-defence, the second blow could not be.
“I also have to take account of your numerous previous convictions for violence.”