AN ATTACK where a man headbutted another customer to the face and then hit him over the head with his beer glass was captured on CCTV.
The footage “paints a thousand words”, a judge said yesterday.
Harvey Dylan Pritchard, 37, admitted assaulting Daniel Wootton at the Bwlch Hotel in Llangollen on May 24 but escaped immediate jail.
Pritchard, of Dinbren Road, Llangollen, received an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for a year.
He was ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work with £200 costs but the judge said he would not order compensation.
“This was a sustained and wholly unprovoked attack on busy licensed premises,” he said,.
Judge Niclas Parry told him it effectively involved the use of two weapons – his head, which caused a displaced nose, and then a glass, with which he struck his victim on the head.
It did not smash but it could have caused him serious injury.
But he had made immediate admissions, he had pleaded guilty, he had shown remorse and the injuries were healed.
He was in full-time employment and had acted out of character.
Prosecutor Nicholas Williams told how at 4pm on May 24 the complainant was in the hotel having a drink and the defendant approached and told him: “I’m not happy with you.”
Mr Wootton replied that he was not happy with him either. At that point Pritchard headbutted him in the face, striking him to the nose.
As he turned away, the defendant brought his glass down on his head. It did not smash but the drink went everywhere.
He then tried to grab the complainant in a head-lock and attempted to get him to the floor but others intervened.
Mr Wootton went to hospital but, after waiting four and a half hours, he left without being seen.
His injuries were documented a couple of days later and by then his nose, if it had been displaced had corrected itself.
Stephen Edwards, defending, said Pritchard had been unable to follow a sports career because of an injury. He had worked for many years at Kronospan but was summarily dismissed for smoking.
Pritchard became depressed, was given medication, but at the time of the incident had stopped taking it.
Someone told him that cannabis might help, he had got some cannabis but when he saw Mr Wootton in the pub, it was claimed that he had been called “a grass”.
At that stage he lost his temper and the scene played on the CCTV footage occurred.
Mr Edwards said Mr Wootton had since been jailed for three years for drugs offences.
Pritchard had a new job as a delivery driver and had part-time care of his six-year-old daughter.