A TEENAGER who attacked an RAF serviceman with a broken bottle after he confronted him about his anti-social behaviour was locked up for two years on Friday.
Lincoln Crown Court heard 18-year-old Emrah Baycuman “slashed out wildly” at Jake Ward after the RAF computer technican spoke to him about his conduct in a Grantham takeaway.
The court was told part of Mr Ward’s elbow was cut away by a deep cut when he put up his arm to defend one of the blows from Baycuman after the two men went outside the fast food outlet in Westgate.
Stuart Lody, prosecuting, told the court Mr Ward had been waiting in the takeaway with three of his friends after being ejected from a nearby nightclub when Baycuman pushed his way through the queue.
Mr Lody said: “Baycuman was drunk, acting loud and aggressive. Mr Ward, perhaps rather than keeping his counsel, spoke to him.
“They immediately became involved in a verbal argument. Baycuman invited Mr Ward to go outside for a fight and he agreed.”
The court heard Baycuman picked up a bottle after Mr Ward was followed outside by his three friends. Mr Lody added: “Baycuman broke the bottle and used it as a weapon.”
In a victim impact statement which was read out in court Mr Ward said he expected to require plastic surgery for the injury to his elbow and had been forced to miss his first tour of Afghanistan with his unit.
When questioned by police, Baycuman admitted to being drunker than normal. In mitigation the court was told Baycuman picked up the bottle after being outnumbered by a group of older men.
Baycuman, of Tottenham, North London, admitted charges of unlawful wounding and affray during the early hours of March 18 this year.
Sentencing him to two years in a young offenders’ institution, Recorder William Harbage QC told Baycuman while Mr Ward may have contributed to the incident there was no excuse for using a bottle as a weapon.
Recorder Harbage said: “You smashed it, which is some pre-meditation in my view, and used it as a weapon.
“I have seen the CCTV. It is perfectly clear you were slashing out wildly at Mr Ward and his friends. Mr Ward started to run away and you pursued him.”