‘Enraged’ man hit out with bottle in Northampton club

Northampton Crown Court.
Northampton Crown Court.

An “enraged” reveller who smashed a bottle over a man’s head in a Northampton bar, has been left with a £2,000 compensation bill.

Ryan Scott was hit by a flying bottle in NBs, in Bridge Street, on August 3 last year, and then launched an unprovoked attack on a man he wrongly assumed had thrown it.

The victim was left with a 4cm cut to his head, and a piece of flying glass from the bottle also cut his friend’s hand.

Northampton Crown Court heard Scott, aged 24, of Coulsdon, Surrey, denied the attack when he was arrested, something he later admitted was a “cock and bull” story.

Graham Lloyd, mitigating, said: “Clearly this is a very worrying incident. The defendant had come up to see friends and he started to drink far too early. He was enraged and was arguing intensely with the complainants.

“He shows extensive remorse and asks for forgiveness. It is a matter entirely out of character.”

Sentencing Scott, Judge Richard Bray said: “You struck a perfectly innocent man on the top of the head with a bottle.

“Violence of this kind with a weapon, at night, outside a nightclub, has to be dealt with seriously.”

Scott was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay £1,500 compensation to the first victim, £500 to the second, and £350 costs.