A BALLARAT man with no criminal history was yesterday jailed for a glassing attack on another man that a magistrate described as intentional and gruesome.
Timothy Griffith, 24, will spend the next three months behind bars after the incident on June 1 this year when he smashed a pot glass on another man’s cheek at the popular JD’s Sports Bar in Lydiard Street.
The court heard the victim required immediate plastic surgery on the deep lacerations to his face and has been left with lifetime scars.
Magistrate Michelle Hodgson slammed Griffith’s conduct and said society could not tolerate such behaviour.
“Alcohol fuelled violence must stop,” Ms Hodgson said.
“It (glassing) is tragically not an uncommon offence.
“Your conduct was not an accident ... and you went ahead regardless of the probability that it would cause harm.”
A photograph of the victim’s right cheek, which was tendered to the court, showed a huge gauge and numerous lacerations around the eye.
Griffith pleaded guilty to one charge of recklessly causing serious injury.
Reading a summary to the court, police prosecutor Senior Constable Michelle Kilburn said Griffith had been out celebrating a football victory on the night of the attack.
Senior Constable Kilburn said Griffith and the victim had been “jostling” on the dance floor about 11.45pm, before Griffith struck the victim to the right side of his face with his pot glass.
Fleeing the venue immediately after the incident, Griffith returned a short time later and handed himself to police.
Griffith’s defence lawyer, Mike Wardell, said his client had never intended to strike the victim with the glass.
He said the victim had been nudging Griffith in the lead up to the offence, and that Griffith’s pot glass had hit the victim’s face when he swung his elbow towards the man.
Mr Wardell said after catching a taxi home, Griffith’s girlfriend drove him back to the bar in order for him to confess.
“She said he was a mess,” Mr Wardell told the court.
“He was white, he was pale, he was shaken.”
Ms Hodgson sentenced Griffith to nine-months’ jail, with three-months to be served immediately and the remaining six-months suspended for 12-months.