Man facing jail for headbutting in pub attack

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A SCARBOROUGH man is facing up to the possibility of jail after he inflicted a sickening injury on his girlfriend’s ex-partner.

Ian McMurray, 41, of Rothbury Street, headbutted the man in The Commercial pub in Falsgrave Road, causing a “deep laceration” to his victim’s head.

Following the incident on the afternoon of March 13, the man was taken to hospital where he required 11 stitches.

McMurray, who was at the pub with his girlfriend when he carried out the assault, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful and malicious wounding at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said: “The complainant was drinking in the pub and saw his ex at the bar.

“Shortly afterwards he was approached by the defendant who said ‘get outside’ and asked if he wanted to fight.”

The court heard that no fight took place, and the two men went back into the pub.

Mr Butterworth then added: “The defendant returned to the complainant and grabbed him, turned his head towards him and headbutted him.

“It caused a serious injury which will result in permanent scarring.

“Aggravating factors are that this was an attack on someone not known to him on licensed premises.”

Shaun Greenan, mitigating, said that bearing in mind the sentencing guidelines, he could not realistically argue against Mr Butterworth’s request that his client is sentenced at crown court, where powers of punishment are higher.

Magistrates ruled that McMurray would be sentenced at York Crown Court on the morning of June 2.

McMurray was granted bail until the sentencing hearing. Magistrates ordered him not to approach the man he attacked as part of his bail conditions.