Drunk smashed bottle on man’s head at Leeds working men’s club

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A MAN who smashed a bottle on a stranger’s head at a Leeds working men’s club was so drunk he couldn’t remember anything about the incident.

Christopher Hinchliffe was caught on CCTV hitting Steven Kilbride with the bottle in the foyer at Harehills Working Men’s Club just after 4.30pm last Christmas Eve, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor, Jo Shepherd said blood poured down Mr Kilbride’s face and he was taken to St James’ Hospital for treatment to lacerations to his head.

Hinchliffe told police he didn’t know Mr Kilbride, 41, and had no recollection of the attack because of the amount of alcohol he’d drunk that day.

Miss Shepherd said on June 21 this year, 30-year-old Hinchliffe, of Dorset Crescent, Harehills, assaulted his then partner Carla O’Callaghan.

Police in a patrol car on Lupton Avenue spotted Hinchliffe arguing with a woman and pushing her.

Miss Shepherd said Hinchliffe threw Miss O’Callaghan’s mobile phone at her, hitting her in the face.

Blood was gushing from a wound to Miss O’Callaghan’s nose and she was taken to St James’ Hospital for treatment to cuts and bruises to her face.

Police caught Hinchliffe hiding under a bush in a nearby garden and he was arrested.

Hinchliffe, who has previous convictions for possessing a knife and criminal damage, admitted two charges of assault.

Mitigating, Philip Goldberg said: “ He is deeply remorseful for what he did in respect of the assault on Mr Kilbride.”

Jailing Hinchliffe for 28 weeks, Judge Peter Hunt told him: “Mr Kilbride was stood in the foyer of a club, minding his own business. You were so drunk that you couldn’t remember what you did.”

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