Derry man jailed after glass attack on drinking partner

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A Derry man has been jailed at the local Crown Court for glassing a man in a bar in the city.

45 year old Sean Paul Cruikshank of Waveney Mews in the city admitted a charge of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm on September 27 last year.

The court was told that the injured party and Cruikshank were drinking in Annie's Bar in the Waterside area of the city.

The two men were talking and then an argument broke out between them over lorries.

The injured party said he was abusive towards Cruikshank who then punched him to the right eye.

Cruikshank was put out of the bar and re-entered and another scuffle took place and the defendant was ejected again.

IN total Cruikshank was put out three times and came back in on the last occasion he grabbed a glass and stuck it in the injured party's face.

The injured party required 11 sutures but had been left with 'no visible scarring.'

The whole incident was captured on CCTV.

During a police interview Cruikshank said he thought he was going to be attacked and acted in self defence and added that he had not intentionally glassed the injured party.

Passing sentence Judge Philip Babington said that Cruikshank had previous convictions for violence and for arson.

He had been sentenced to 15 years in England for conspiracy to commit arson when the judge said 'he was politically involved.'

The judge said there appeared to be no animosity between the two men and the injured party had said he did not wish to see Cruikshank go to prison.

But Judge Babington said 'this court has a duty to protect society' and said the appropriate sentence was one of three years with half of that spent in custody and half on licence.