A Bangor man who attacked a student outside a nightclub has been jailed for sixteen months.
James Jones (25) from Belmont Street admitted hitting Tobias Hughes with a bottle at Cube on Dean Street in January. The victim needed a head injury to be glued as a result.
Caernarfon Crown Court heard Jones had been approached by Mr Hughes, who thought he recognised him while on a night out.
But the defendant became aggressive and pushed Mr Hughes from behind, striking him on the head three or four times with a bottle and hitting his hand as he was trying to defend himself.
The court heard the victim ended up missing his exams at Liverpool University because of the attack.
The defence said Jones, an apprentice joiner, felt great shame and remorse for what happened and had since been banned by the city’s Pubwatch scheme. It was claimed he knew he struggled to control himself when he drank too much.
But Judge Huw Rees rejected a plea for a suspended sentence with the aim of receiving probation help to curb his behaviour.
He told Jones that he had come to realise excessive drinking has an impact on his life – but added he was no stranger to violence and had been warned before. He said he had subjected Mr Hughes to a ”cowardly attack” and a ”dreadful, scary experience”.
Jones was previously convicted five years ago for a similar assault on another man in the same area of Bangor.