A DRUNKEN reveller who “bottled” a party-goer on the way out of a New Year’s Eve gathering has kept his freedom.
Burnley Crown Court heard how Thomas Duerden and others had been asked to leave the house party, which included children, because of the state the toilet had been left in. Duerden, a former slaughterhouse worker, walked out carrying three bottles of beer and hit Anthony McLean to the forehead with one of them on the way.
The victim was left bleeding, with a one and a half inch gash, which needed hospital treatment. A number of witnesses had described how Mr McLean had approached the defendant over his earlier behaviour and an argument had taken place about the toilet. Police were contacted, the defendant had left, but was arrested nearby. He was questioned and made no comment.
Duerden (20), of Birtwistle Avenue, Colne, admitted unlawful wounding. He was given 12 months in detention, suspended for two years, with 12 months supervision, 150 hours unpaid work and a two-month curfew, between 10pm and 6am.
Mr Mark Stuart, for Duerden, said he was in jeopardy of losing his liberty. He had been at the gathering with members of his family and undoubtedly had too much to drink.
The barrister continued: “Whatever was being said doesn’t justify the fact he then hit Mr McLean once to the head with the bottle.”
Mr Stuart said the defendant was not heavily convicted. He went on: “He has, in recent months, sorted himself out. He has stopped taking drugs altogether and greatly moderated his alcohol consumption. He has not taken any at all during the course of the last three months.”
Sentencing, Judge Andrew Woolman told the defendant: “It was only one blow and you have taken steps to tackle your alcohol consumption and stopped messing around with drugs. You are still only 20. I have just been persuaded to let you out.”