Glass assault man escapes jail term

AN EASTBOURNE man who smashed a glass over his victim’s head has narrowly avoided an immediate prison sentence.

Eastbourne magistrates heard a clump of hair from the injured man’s head was found at the scene after Christopher Bristow turned up at the property to see a friend.

Prosecutor Heather Salvage told the court the 20-year-old defendant had arrived to see his friend and his victim Alan Candlish invited him in, although he didn’t think Bristow’s friend was there.

Ms Salvage said, “He (Alan Candlish) became aware he was still in the property. He was on the stairs in a foetal position saying, ‘I’m not Craig, I’m not Craig.’ He was invited to leave the property.”

At that point Bristow, of no fixed abode, took hold of Mr Candlish’s shoulders and pushed him before hitting him over the head with a glass, causing it to smash.

Although the victim was able to get Bristow outside he began kicking and punching the door and managed to get back inside and continue his attack.

Magistrates heard Mr Candlish suffered bruising, a lump to the back of his head and had some hair pulled out. When police arrived the defendant began to swear and struggle.

He pleaded guilty to assault by beating, criminal damage and resisting a constable in the execution of their duty.

Dan Harrison, defending, said, “I’m sure you will give Mr Bristow credit for his early guilty plea.

“He was very drunk at the time of the offence and his recollection is limited.

“He accepts responsibility for his actions. He said he is scared he could have seriously hurt somebody.”

He said his client admitted he had got into trouble in the past when he had been drinking, adding, “He said he has a temper for various reasons.

“He said he has not had a drink for three weeks. He is helping the charity Oasis as volunteer.”

For the assault Bristow was told the offence was so serious that only a custodial sentence was appropriate and he was sentenced to 16 weeks in jail, suspended for a year. He was also ordered to pay his victim £125.

He was given no separate penalty for the other two offences.