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A student threw a bottle at a reveller in a university bar, after he thought he had been racially abused, a court heard.

It smashed on his face and the victim suffered a large lump on his forehead and several cuts, including a two-inch gash down the left side of his jaw, needing four stitches. The incident happened at Loughborough University's student union bar on the night of April 15 last year. Zain Anwar, 22, who was on a youth justice course at the university, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm. Anwar, of Manor Road, Extension, Oadby, Leicester, has since graduated with a 2:2 degree and now runs a care home. He was given a 16 week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 140 hours of unpaid work. He was also placed on a four week 7pm to 6am curfew and ordered to pay £960 costs.

Kate Plummer, prosecuting, told Leicester Crown Court that the victim, in his early 20s, was visiting a friend at the university. The complainant and the defendant "brushed past" each other in the bar, which resulted in a verbal exchange. Anwar, who was sworn at by the victim, believed he was also racially abused – although the judge said there was no evidence to support that claim, he accepted that was Anwar's perception at the time. The complainant invited Anwar outside for a fight.

Miss Plummer said Anwar, still inside the bar, suddenly threw the bottle he was holding "at close range" which smashed on the victim's face.

Sentencing, Judge Philip Head said the victim's behaviour was "obnoxious," but Anwar should have just walked away.

He said: "You threw a bottle at him at close range although some witnesses seem to think you were still holding it. Either way, you used a weapon, a glass bottle. It was an aggressive action. You knew you were in the wrong and tried to escape, but were detained. You lied in interview, claiming someone else threw a bottle. Fortunately, it wasn't more serious as you could have blinded him, in one eye at least."

Judge Head said the victim has been left with a narrow scar on his jaw.

Matthew McDonagh, mitigating, said Anwar had no previous convictions and added: "He realises he's jeopardised all the good he's achieved in a moment of madness, albeit there was some clear provocation. He said Anwar had genuinely learnt a lesson from his mistake and deeply regretted his actions.






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