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Alan Brown is jailed after attack at York bus stop
A MAN has been jailed for four years after he attacked another man at a bus stop with a broken bottle.
Alan Brown, 33, formerly of Chestnut Grove, New Earswick, appeared before York Crown Court on Monday, following the incident which took place on March 23.
The court heard 69-year-old Gordon Tiffany, from Acomb, was waiting in a bus stop near York Railway Station, when he refused 33-year-old Brown a drink from his can of cider.
A witness told police she then saw Brown turn away, muttering, then smash the wine bottle he was carrying, and punch Mr Tiffany in the back of the head and neck area with the broken neck of the bottle.
Mr Tiffany required hospital treatment, for two wounds, which needed 11 stitches and 13 staples. Brown waited at the scene for police, and was heard to say “I hit him, I can’t stand him”.
Andrew Semple, for Brown, said his client had a history of alcohol abuse, but the attack was “a snap of self-control”, and he had “pointed himself out to the police”, when they arrived at the scene.
Judge Michael Mettyear told Brown “only custody can be justified for an offence like this”, but praised his early guilty plea.
He said: “Any grievance against him you imagined you held had been created by alcohol. As your counsel said your life has been blighted by alcohol abuse. You have a bad record of previous offences, most, if not all of it, drink related.
“In attacking him you used a bottle you had deliberately broken in order to cause him serious bodily harm.
“You plunged the bottle into the back of his head in the neck area. Fortunately, the injuries he actualy suffered were far less serious than they might have been but nevertheless they were bad enough.”
Brown was sentenced to four years in prison for wounding with intent to cause GBH, and 12 months in prison to run concurrently for possession of an offensive weapon.