Man jailed for glass attack

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AN attacker who glassed a man with learning difficulties has been jailed.

Lee Waller lashed out at Paul Errington outside the Shoulder of Mutton pub inShiney Row.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Waller, who is known in the area as “Big Lee” and has 70 previous convictions, had approached Mr Errington as he enjoyed a drink with a friend.

Prosecutor Katherine Dunn told the court Waller initially accused the younger man of being responsible for a spate of burglaries of old people’s houses in the area.

When Mr Errington said the raids had nothing to do with him, Waller hit out.

Miss Dunn said: “The defendant struck out towards Mr Errington, striking him in the face and at the time had a glass in his hand.

“Mr Errington realised he was bleeding and ran into the pub.”

The court heard Mr Errington had a deep wound to his forehead which needed stitches after the incident on October 17 last year.

Waller, of Brentwood Road, Shiney Row, admitted unlawful wounding.

Prosecutors accepted he had forgotten he was holding a glass when he struck out.

Judge Roger Thorn jailed Waller for 16 months.

The judge said: “You knew each other reasonably well. You had some awareness of his learning difficulties. This was a very vulnerable victim.

“In the end very little scarring has remained physically to the forehead of this young man but there will be emotional scarring.”

Tom Moran, defending, said Waller was not aware that his victim had any problems.

Mr Moran said Waller had been drinking too much at the time because he was “stressed and distressed” about matters in his personal life.