Derry beer bottle attack: Danny Campbell, 30, jailed

A man, who admitted striking his victim several times on the head with a beer bottle, has been jailed at Londonderry Crown Court.

Danny Campbell, 30, from Kular Court in William Street, Derry, carried out the unprovoked assault in William Street in the early hours of 24 September 2013.

Campbell was given three years and fours months prison, half of which he will serve on licence.

The attack was caught on CCTV.

The 28-year-old victim suffered cuts to the head and face.

A prosecution barrister told judge Donna McColgan QC that when the police arrived they found Campbell being restrained in a head lock by his sister who was also intoxicated.

The victim was bleeding from a gash to his head which required 5 stitches.

The prosecutor said Campbell told the police he had acted in self defence after his victim verbally abused him and his sister.

'Aggressor'

He also told the police he hated fighting and he had acted to defend her.

The prosecutor said Campbell had 11 previous convictions.

A defence barrister said Campbell was a mature student at the North West College of Technology who hoped to study a course in biomedical science.

"There are two sides to Mr Campbell," said the barrister.

"There is the Mr Campbell who continues to drink and who then hits someone over the head with a bottle and there is the Mr Campbell who remains in education and who is a devoted father to his son."

Judge McColgan said the CCTV footage "clearly showed Campbell wielding a bottle and hitting his victim on the head with it".

She said the footage showed Campbell striking out three times with the bottle, hitting his victim at least twice.

Judge McColgan added that the CCTV footage also showed that Campbell was the aggressor and had not acted in self defence.