Glasgow & West Scotland

Man admits broken bottle attack in Glasgow

A man has admitted throwing a broken bottle which caused serious injury to another man's neck.

Charles Cunningham, 20, from Glasgow, carried out the attack on Ronald Muir as the 37-year-old walked with friends through the city at 05:00 on 28 May.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Mr Muir had to undergo an emergency operation and has been left scarred.

Cunningham admitted assaulting Mr Muir to the danger of his life. He will be sentenced next month.

He had originally been charged with attempted murder, but his plea to the reduced charge was accepted by the Crown.

Prosecutor Tony Leneham said: "The injury gave rise to a large amount of blood loss. The injury was to a site containing the carotid arteries, injury to which could easily have been fatal."

The court heard how friends used items of clothing and towels to stem the blood flow from Mr Muir's neck until an ambulance arrived and took him to hospital.

Previous assault

The court heard that Mr Muir and his friends had come across Cunningham and five others as they made their way home in the early hours. Cunningham and his friends then shouted threats at them.

Mr Leneham said: "Mr Muir had been the victim of a previous assault and the group containing Cunningham appeared to know this and made mocking references to it."

The two groups started fighting as they approached Wardie Road.

The prosecution claimed that Cunningham ran towards Mr Muir with the broken bottle in his hand and struck him on the left side of his neck.

But Cunningham claimed he threw the bottle intending to hit him, rather than thrusting it into his neck.

Mr Leneham said: "The plea is accepted on the basis that whether the broken bottle travelled through the air for a short distance, intending to strike the complainer, or it stayed in Cunningham's hand as it struck his neck, it constitutes the same crime, namely assault."

Defence counsel Paul Nelson said: "A number of bottles had been thrown by the complainer's group. One of these bottles broke and that was what Mr Cunningham says he threw."

Judge Lady Stacey told Cunningham: "It is fortunate there wasn't more injury to the artery in that man's neck."

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