Marlon Dean locked up after club glassing left victim needing 60 stitches in his face
A SERIAL violent offender glassed a man in a Derby nightclub, inflicting a 10cm wound on his face that needed 60 stitches.
Marlon Dean, who is only 21 but has previously committed crimes of robbery and assault, including punching and head-butting an ex-girlfriend, has now been sent to a young offenders' institution for two years and four months.
Dean hit out at 23-year-old Lewis Hill in Deez nightclub during an argument – Mr Hill accused him of verbally bullying a friend of his – Derby Crown Court heard.
Sentencing Dean, Judge Michael Fowler said: "You worry me. Robbery, assault, battery, assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
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"You've shown yourself able to punch and head-butt a woman in the past.
"On this occasion you've caused the most appalling injury to this man's face.
"It could be a serious injury that he will live with for some time certainly, and probably, in the sense of the scarring, for the rest of his life."
Sonal Ahya, prosecuting, said the attack had happened in the Curzon Street nightclub in the early hours of December 23.
She said Dean punched Mr Hill in the face while holding a beer bottle.
Miss Ahya said: "He turned around, striking the complainant on the side of his face, causing the glass bottle to smash.
"Door staff intervened and the complainant said he was drifting in and out of consciousness."
Hill was taken to hospital with a 10cm cut to the side of his face.
Miss Ahya said: "Doctors found a glass fragment in the wound and he received 60 stitches and it was thought a facial nerve had been damaged as a result of the assault.
"The defendant maintained it was in self-defence – he thought he was going to be hit by the complainant and reacted."
Dean, of Osmaston Road, Derby, admitted wounding.
Stuart Newsam, in mitigation, said: "He describes himself as acting in a violent and reckless manner and he is shocked by the extent of what he has done.
"He does have offences of violence on his record which aggravate the situation, but he has been out of trouble for the last two years."
Mr Newsam said that when Dean was released he would live with his mother, who was "a very supportive and respectable woman".
The court heard there were signs Dean was addressing his offending behaviour.