Sentence for pub attack

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A MAN who headbutted his girlfriend’s ex-partner in a Scarborough pub has avoided an immediate jail sentence.

Ian McMurray, 41, of Rothbury Street, was handed a 10-month jail term, although the judge agreed to suspend it for a period of two years.

York Crown Court, sitting at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court, heard how McMurray had headbutted the man in The Commercial in Falsgrave Road.

At an earlier hearing, held at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court, prosecutor Martin Butterworth said that McMurray’s attack caused a “deep laceration” to his victim’s forehead.

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

He pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful and malicious wounding.

Describing the offence, Mr Butterworth 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.”

McMurray will also perform 200 hours of unpaid work and undergo supervision from the probation service for a year.

He was ordered to pay £500 in compensation to his victim and £340 in court costs.