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Man sentenced for Workington nightspot bottle attack

Carlisle Crown Court

[A] WORKINGTON man who repeatedly struck a fellow bar customer over the head with a bottle has been spared immediate prison.

Zak Payne, 22, lashed out at Matthew Clarke during an confrontation in the town’s Chasers, Washington Street, during the early hours of June 11.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that Mr Clarke was thought to have thrown a punch at Payne on a night when both men had “too much to drink”.

However, Mr Clarke recalled that he was then struck “six to seven times” by Payne, who had a bottle in his hand which did not smash.

Mr Clarke suffered two cuts to his head which were glued in hospital, and a black eye.

Payne, of Roper Terrace, Salterbeck, pleaded guilty to an actual bodily harm assault, and was sentenced today (MON).

He received a six-month prison sentence which was suspended for 18 months by Recorder Kevin Grice. He must observe a three-month night-time curfew, complete 150 hours’ unpaid work and rehabilitation, and pay Mr Clarke £250 compensation.