Glassing attacker remanded in custody after jury’s guilty verdict

Bar Paris Victoria Road, Hartlepool.  Picture by FRANK REID

Bar Paris Victoria Road, Hartlepool. Picture by FRANK REID

A man is facing a lengthy prison sentence after being found guilty of a late night glassing attack in a Hartlepool nightspot.

Dylan Russell, 24, has been found guilty at Teesside Crown Court of wounding with intent after he smashed a glass into the side of the victim’s head.

It happened to Karl Meggs in Bar Paris, Victoria Road, at about 1am on Sunday, September 20, last year.

Russell, of Redcar Close, Hartlepool, admitted hitting Mr Meggs with the glass after he believed Mr Meggs had hit him in the face, but he denied intending to cause serious harm.

But Mr Meggs said he had done nothing to Russell and the jury of eight men and four women found him guilty.

Giving evidence on Tuesday, Mr Meggs said he was standing near the edge of the dance floor looking for his friends when a commotion broke out and he saw Russell heading towards him with an angry look on his face.

Mr Meggs said: “I saw him coming with a glass in his hand. I just felt a smash into the side of my head.

“I put my hands to my head where I had been hit and there was blood down my face.”

He was treated at the One Life Hartlepool medical centre where a cut to his head was glued.

He also had small shards of glass removed and showed a scar that he has been left with to the jury.

Russell, who has a previous conviction for wounding with intent, was remanded in custody.

He will return to court to be sentenced on Monday, December 14.