Man jailed for bottle attack

A BUCHAN joiner who stabbed a man with a broken bottle after a late night brawl has been jailed for nine months.

Scott McQueen made “stabbing motions” as he struck the man on the head with the glass bottle after a fight broke out at a Peterhead garage.

The Peterhead man was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after the “savage” and “unprovoked” attack.

Medical staff found “multiple small fragments of glass” within the “five to six centimetre” wound, as well as a haematoma, requiring stitches.

Peterhead Sheriff Court heard that McQueen and two friends had been on a night out in Peterhead on the evening of May 1 last year and had got into a taxi to take them back to Mintlaw.

The trio asked the driver to stop at a garage on Peterhead’s South Road, where an argument broke out between a group of revellers and one of McQueen’s friends.

CCTV footage captured McQueen smashing the glass bottle on a petrol pump and witnesses said that the 20-year-old “savagely stabbed” the man with the sharp end of the bottle.

Iain Jane, defending, said that McQueen had became worried when he saw his friend being assaulted from inside the shop.

He said: “Mr McQueen became worried what he should do. He saw his friend being chased from the locus and asks what the problem is.

“He accepts that his behaviour that night was utterly disgraceful and reprehensible. He is deeply ashamed. This was completely out of character and not consistent with the way he was raised.”

Sentencing McQueen to nine months imprisonment, Sheriff Philip Mann said: “This was just utter stupidity. If you were truly worried about your safety or the safety of your friends then you should have called the police. This was an unprovoked and savage attack which caused permanent injury to your victim. You deliberately broke the bottle to inflict this injury on him”