Lawyer who inadvertently glassed man is spared jail

A LAWYER who inadvertently glassed another man during a ‘drink-fuelled’ skirmish in the Royal Yacht, causing permanent scarring, has been spared jail and sentenced to 180 hours of community service.

The Royal Court (23450689)
The Royal Court (23450689)

Daniel Robert Healy (30) pleaded guilty to grave and criminal assault and being drunk and disorderly in relation to the incident which occurred last July.

At his sentencing hearing, the Deputy Bailiff, Tim Le Cocq, and Jurats Paul Nicolle and Elizabeth Dulake, watched three pieces of video footage of the altercation as they considered the evidence.

The Crown had accepted Healy’s guilty plea on the basis he used the glass ‘inadvertently’ and never intended to use a weapon.

However, the Crown sought a custodial sentence of 14 months, pointing out that the victim had suffered both mentally and physically as a result of the attack. Healy’s lawyer, Advocate James Bell, argued there was sufficient mitigation to treat it as a ‘one-off’ which would never occur again.

In sentencing, Mr Le Cocq said Healy was ‘extremely fortunate to have mitigation available to him which is not available to everyone’.

He said the court had benefitted from seeing the CCTV footage and believed there had been an element of provocation.

In addition to 180 hours of community service, Healy must pay a £5,000 compensation order to the victim and £1,000 for the court fees.

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