Teen thug sentenced for bottle attack

Jailed: Brendon McGarry
Jailed: Brendon McGarry
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A man who hurled a full beer bottle at a party-goer after mistakenly thinking he had been insulted has been sent to a young offenders’ institution for five years.

Brendon McGarry, 19, from Watkin Lane, Lostock Hall, went to a house warming party in Lostock View, Lostock Hall, on August 4 this year “intent on causing trouble” after believing he had been verbally insulted by someone at the party over the phone.

He was aggressive towards party-goers and refused to leave when people tried to calm him down.

Instead, he threw a full glass beer bottle towards his victim.

It hit the 23-year-old man on the left side of the head, causing a cut and a depressed fracture on the left hand side of his skull.

The cut initially required stitches and he later underwent a CT scan in hospital to assess the injury, which required a surgical intervention to repair the fracture and relieve pressure on the brain.

The attack has not only left the victim with a seven inch scar to the left side of his head, but he is currently unable to work and has had his driving licence taken off him due to ongoing medical issues as a result of the injury.

McGarry pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm before Preston Crown Court and was sent to a young offenders’ institution for five years.

Det Cons Sam Matthews, of South Ribble CID, said: “This was a violent, unprovoked attack which caused life changing injury to the victim and I hope that this sentence sends out a clear message that violence will not be tolerated by Lancashire Constabulary.”