Casino man guilty of glassing lady
IN the heat of the moment Paul Robinson glassed a woman in the face, gouging out a large chunk of her flesh.
But the Casino man did not spend his Christmas in a cell after lodging a Severity Appeal over his jail sentence.
Robinson, 21, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court last week to recklessly wounding the woman on March 27.
Magistrate Nicholas Reimer sentenced Robinson to 18 months’ jail, ordering him to serve a non-parole period of four months to date from November 22 to take into account time already spent in custody.
Mr Reimer found there were special circumstances in ordering Robinson serve just four months of the sentence, including his young age and attendance at a rehabilitation centre for an alcohol problem.
In police facts before the court Robinson and the woman had been drinking together when an argument started.
Each held a glass of alcohol when Robinson struck the woman on the left side of her face with his glass.
The glass shattered on contact and the young woman was injured. She then jumped out of a window.
When Robinson realised how much blood there was, an ambulance was called and took her to Casino Base Hospital with a serious injury to the left side of the jaw.
Defence lawyer Rachael Thomas immediately lodged a Severity Appeal on behalf of her client and Robinson was released on conditional bail until the matter could be heard.
Police prosecutor Sgt Brett Asser said police would be lodging an Inadequacy Appeal on the sentence.