Student scarred for life in glass attack at Sunderland bar

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A STUDENT was scarred for life when he was glassed in the face during a night out in a city centre bar.

Rory Flindall, who was studying at Sunderland University, was on a night out with pals at Bar One when he was attacked by Luke Miller last September.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Mr Flindall needed up to 20 stitches to a wound to his mouth and five to a cut to his eyebrow after Miller, 28, smashed a glass into the side of his face.

Mr Flindall told police after the attack: “I feel humiliated yet angry and also relieved I was not cut in the neck or eyes with the glass as it could have been so much worse.

“I am in considerable pain with deep wounds to my lip and brow, I can’t talke or eat without pain.

“I am aware once the stitches are removed I will be left with permanent scarring to my mouth and face.

“This has devastated me. “I have to be reminded every time I look in the mirror and see my scars.”

The court heard Miller hit out after one of his group had his hat stolen and got thrown onto the road.

Mr Flindall was sitting down in a patio area outside the bar when he was struck.

A witness told police: “The male smashed the glass flat against the side of his face.”

Miller, of The Cedars, Hendon, Sunderland, admitted unlawful wounding.

Judge Guy Whitburn QC sentenced him to 21 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision for a year.

The judge told Miller: “I have seen the references that you provided to this court and you are clearly well liked and respectable.”

Nigel Barnes, defending, said Miller, who has never been in trouble before, is “highly respected” by his employers and has many positive characteristics.