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Holywell man at Mold Crown Court after nightclub bottle attack

A TEENAGER who smashed a bottle over the head of a man chatting to his girlfriend ‘misread the situation’, Mold Crown Court heard.

The man he attacked in a Rhyl bar – who needed 10 stitches – was in fact his girlfriend’s cousin.

Defendant Samuel John Illman, 19, of Ffynnongroyw, Holywell, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding on Friday.

David Mainstone, prosecuting, said: “Kieran Day went out with some friends on August 29 and although he had consumed some alcohol he was tipsy but in control.”

In Rhyl’s Zoo nightclub, Mr Day spotted his cousin and bought her a drink at the bar.

While he was chatting to her another customer saw Illman clutching a beer bottle at his side and was so alarmed by his aggressive body language that he spoke to him and said he hoped he was not going to hit anyone with the bottle, said Mr Mainstone.

Illman replied if he hit anyone it would be with his fists.

But a short time later he brought the bottle down on Mr Day’s head, causing a severe gash and resulting in a scuffle on the floor between the two which was broken up by the security staff.

Mr Day, who works as a lifeguard, was taken to hospital where he received 10 stitches to his wound and was left with a scar on his forehead.

Brian Treadwell, defending, said: “He utterly misread the situation. He accepts that the contact was innocuous and entirely innocent and he is extremely remorseful and makes no excuses.”

He sentenced Illman to 15 weeks in a young offenders institute, suspended for two years, with 100 hours unpaid work and six-week curfew.

Illman must pay £500 compensation to Mr Day.