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Stirling man ordered to pay bottle injury victim compensation

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Image caption Francis Monaghan was ordered to pay the woman £750 compensation

A Stirling man left a woman permanently scarred after trying to hit another male with a bottle in a Dundee nightclub, a court heard.

Francis Monaghan intended to strike the male in Liquid Nightclub with the bottle but it hit Debbie Strachan in the face instead and smashed.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard Ms Strachan suffered wounds to her skull and eyelid as a result of the incident.

Monaghan was ordered to complete 255 hours of unpaid work.

The 27-year-old was also told to pay Ms Strachan £750 compensation.

Fiscal depute Muhammad Sadiq told the court that Monaghan and Ms Strachan were friends in a group of three couples who travelled from Stirling to Dundee for the night.

He said: "At Liquid Nightclub an altercation developed with a group of three males that developed into a large-scale disturbance.

"The accused was holding a bottle and raised it above his head.

"Witnesses say he intended to strike one of the men with it but instead it hit the complainer in the face and smashed."

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Image caption Debbie Strachan sustained eye and head injuries in the incident

The court heard Ms Strachan sustained a four centimetre full-thickness wound to the left temporal region through to the outer layer of the skull.

She is now campaigning for bottles and other glass items to be banned from nightclubs.

Monaghan, of Ochil Crescent, Stirling, admitted a charge of culpable and reckless conduct committed on 29 March last year at Liquid Nightclub, Dundee.

Defence solicitor Frazer McCreadie said: "He picked up the bottle above his head and decided he was going to throw it.

"Unfortunately what happened thereafter is fully narrated.

"He was not looking for trouble and it is something he very much regrets."

Sheriff Alastair Brown said: "If I had been required to decide at trial I'd have held this an assault.

"Your reckless conduct had a very serious consequence for Debbie Strachan.

"Nevertheless, it is reckless conduct rather than assault.

"Had you been convicted of assault you would have gone to prison for two years."

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