Attacker jailed for glassing Sunderland student in Newcastle club

TAHMID RAHMAN: Pushed a glass into student's face.
TAHMID RAHMAN: Pushed a glass into student's face.
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AN attacker who glassed a student in the face for sitting in the wrong seat in a nightclub has been jailed.

Stuart Dunn sat in a booth at the House of Smith club in Newcastle, where Tahmid Rahman, from Sunderland, was drinking with his friends.

A court heard Rahman took offence at Mr Dunn joining them and rammed a glass into his cheek.

Now the 21-year-old has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty to wounding.

Sentencing him at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge Guy Whitburn QC told Rahman: “You were in this nightclub with your friends and so was Mr Dunn, a student.

“He offered no violence to you and you launched an unprovoked attack on him and used a glass.

“You inflicted a gash to his cheek which required stitches and will leave a scar.”

Mr Dunn, a student at Northubmria University, had been to a student party earlier in the night, on October 15 this year.

He then went into the city centre with a friend and after 11.30pm they were in House of Smith, on Collingwood Street.

The pair decided to sit down and asked two of Rahman’s friends, who were sitting in a booth, if they minded them sitting there too.

Paul Rowland, prosecuting, said: “At some point the defendant approached, he was upset that the complainant was in that booth.

“He was seen to push a glass into the face of the complainant.”

Mr Dunn suffered a nasty gash to his left cheek and had to be taken to hospital for stitches.

Rahman, of Elmwood Street, Sunderland, who has a previous conviction for inflicting grievous bodily harm, pleaded guilty to wounding.

Vic Laffey, defending, said Rahman had been working for his family and for a parcel delivery firm.

Mr Laffey added: “He expresses remorse about how he has acted, he accepts this type of behaviour is completely inappropriate.

“He has suffered abuse because of his race over the years and while there is no suggestion of that here, he tends to over-react to circumstances.”