Jailed for glass attack outside Leeds bar

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A MAN has been jailed for 15 months after he hit a rival over the head with a glass during a disturbance outside a Leeds city centre nightclub.

Jack France, 22, was given the sentence after a court heard the victim needed stitches to a head wound following the attack outside Jakes Bar, Call Lane.

Leeds Crown Court heard the incident happened on January 25 this year after door staff ejected two groups when trouble broke out between them.

Duncan Ritchie, prosecuting, said France had been with friends who were among one of the groups. The victim was with the other group but neither of the men had been involved in the trouble inside the bar.

Mr Ritchie said there was another disturbance outside and France approached the victim and struck him over the head with a glass.

The victim was bleeding heavily and needed hospital treatment to have the wound stitched.

France tried to leave the scene but was detained by a doorman who saw the attack.

France also suffered a cut to his hand. Mr Ritchie said: “While the cut was being treated he made a comment that he had been stupid because he was subject to a suspended sentence.”

He pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding. The court heard France was made the subject of a suspended sentence in May last year after he punched a man and left him needing stitches to a facial wound.

Anne-Marie Hutton, mitigating, said France, now of Royal Fold, Darwen, Lancashire, had pleaded guilty to the offence at an early opportunity and was ashamed at what he had done.

Miss Hutton said France was from a decent, hard-working family, who do not condone violence.

Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: “You for some reason have taken to behaving violently.

“Despite everything that has been said on your behalf, I cannot deal with this by anything other than an immediate custodial sentence.

“You were given a chance and you have spurned that chance.”

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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