Thug, 22, smashed glass bottle in face

Brendan Kelly

Brendan Kelly

A thug who smashed a glass bottle into a man’s face in a takeaway has been jailed for 15 months.

Brendan Kelly, 22, of Hunter Road, Freckleton, had been disruptive in a takeaway on Poulton Street, Kirkham, with his friend before launching the attack at around 1am on January 18.

They were noisy and messing about by jumping around

He had denied causing actual bodily harm to the customer, but was convicted after a trial at Preston Crown Court.

Denise Fitzpatrick, prosecuting, said: “Ben Burrow and his friend Chris Simpkin went into the takeaway at 1am.

“Two other young men, Adam Robinson and this defendant, were also in there.

“They were noisy, and messing about by jumping around.

“They appeared to be drunk.

“Adam Robinson then stood behind Chris Simpkin and was swearing in his ear.

“Having seen that, using the palm of his hand Ben Burrow pushed him away and told him to behave.

“He staggered backwards into a sign.

“Brendan Kelly then took a glass bottle from his pocket and struck Ben Burrow on the right side of his face. There was broken glass on the tables.

“After he was assaulted he punched the defendant before he left.”

The court heard the victim attended Blackpool Victoria Hospital where he had to have a cut to his nose cleaned and stitched with 12 sutures.

He later picked Kelly out in an identification parade.

Kelly told police he was in the takeaway but denied the assault, saying he had “pushed him in self defence”.

Jurors found him guilty.

Judge Ian Leeming QC, sentencing him at Sessions House Court, also ordered him to pay a £100 surcharge.