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Man (20) jailed for bottle attack on student

Staff Reporter

A 20-YEAR-OLD who thrust a broken bottle into a student's face in the university area of Belfast is starting a jail sentence for the "shocking and unprovoked attack".

Shane McParland, from Manse Road in Carryduff, was told he will serve 33 months in prison followed by the same on supervised licence after admitting a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Belfast Crown Court heard on Friday that McParland, who was diagnosed with ADHD as a child, was drinking and had taken what he believed to be an ecstasy tablet prior to the attack on November 1 last year, which he claims he cannot remember.

The victim, who at the time was a student at Queen's, required hospital treatment for facial injuries and has not returned to his studies.

The court heard that having spent the night with friends in the Student's Union, McParland left the bar in the early hours and became involved in a disagreement with the injured party's group at University Square.

A previous hearing was told that an independent witness saw him smashing a bottle before approaching the victim and his friends. He reported being "shocked by the injuries he saw".

The student received six stitches to his upper lip and 16 to his lower lip, as well as seven to a cut above his cheek.

He was also left with feelings of anxiety and vulnerability as well as problems sleeping and relaxing.

A defence lawyer spoke of McParland's "very high level of remorse", saying he encountered the victim in a "chance meeting" and due to a mix of alcohol and drugs his decision-making was poor and he acted impulsively.

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