A Scarborough man has been told to prepare himself for “an almost inevitable” jail sentence following a jury’s guilty verdict that he attacked a stranger with a glass.
Dean Waddlow was sat talking to his friends in Klosters wine bar, in York Place, on the night of April 8, last year, when he was accused by a man of making earlier comments about him, grabbed in a headlock and pulled from his stool to the ground.
As Mr Waddlow attempted to get back to his feet, 25-year-old Laurence Brining rushed in to the fray, smashing the glass on his head.
Brining, of the Esplanade, who denied a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, was found guilty at York Crown Court on Friday.
The jury had heard how, following the assault, Brining hurriedly tied to leave the bar, being pursued by an angry, bloodied and stool wielding Mr Waddlow.
Brining turned and punched his pursuer to the ground and then left the scene.
The court heard that Brining had to be treated at hospital for cuts to his hand, his victim for a cut to the top of his head.
Brining told the court that he and his friend, who he said often got involved in arguments whilst on leave from the Merchant Navy, had approached the group in Klosters.
He said that he had left his friend to it whilst getting in drinks at the bar.
He added that he had a drink on each hand, had finished his own and then, believing that his friend was in danger, struck out on his defence, forgetting that he had the other glass in his hand.
The jury heard that the police investigation was hampered because of the sudden death of the bar’s owner from cancer - he being the only person who knew how to download CCTV footage onto a disc.
Following the verdict, Recorder Tahir Khan warned Brining that he was facing a custodial sentence.
However, he said that he was ordering a pre-sentence report to explore alternative sentences, adding that he was allowing Brining, who has no previous convictions, bail until the sentencing hearing on October 4.
He said that this would allow him time to get his affairs in order and prepare himself for custody.