Champagne Bottle thug hit woman in face outside Leeds bar

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TWO young women suffered nasty facial injuries after being hit in the face by a Champagne bottle thrown by a thug outside a city centre bar.

A court heard one of the victims suffered a broken nose and will have to undergo plastic surgery as a result of the injuries caused by Aaron Costello.

Costello, 25, picked up the bottle and threw it after being ejected from Norman Bar, Call Lane, for fighting in the early hours of November 9 last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Costello turned and threw the bottle towards the doors of the bar where the two women were waiting to be allowed in.

Louise Pryke, prosecuting, said the victims had nothing to do with the earlier disturbance which Costello had been involved in and were innocently waiting to be allowed in.

One victim suffered swelling and bruising to her face, damaged teeth, a broken nose and has been left with a facial scar.

The other victim, a student at Leeds University, suffered a three-inch cut above her eye which required stitches.

Costello, of Claremount Road, Headingley, pleaded guilty to two offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The court heard he has previous convictions for drug offences.

Tim Jacobs, mitigating, said Costello was full of remorse and pleaded guilty to the offences at an early stage.

He described Costello’s behaviour as “an impulsive act” and said he never intended to cause injury to the victims.

Recorder Henry Prosser gave Costello a 14-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered him to the pay the victims a total of £6,000.

He said: “On this night your behaviour was absolutely disgusting.

“I accept you did not intend to hit anybody with the bottle but it’s hard to think of a more reckless and stupid thing to do.”