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29 January 2019, 08:38 | Updated: 29 January 2019, 08:41
A man from Ramsgate who hit another man in the face with a glass with such force that it shattered has been jailed for nine years.
Daniel Purvis, aged 38, of South Eastern Road, denied wounding with intent following the attack in May last year. But he was convicted of the offence following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court.
The 26-year-old victim in a pub on Harbour Street with friends when Daniel Purvis began acting in an aggressive manner to one of the group on the dance floor.
Fearing his friends were about to be assaulted by Purvis, the victim stepped between them. But Purvis struck him in the face with a glass which then shattered, causing the victim’s cheek to bleed heavily.
Purvis admitted being in the pub and being involved in an altercation but he claimed he had felt threatened by the group and had barged past them with his hands spread in front of him. He denied he was carrying a glass at the time.
But CCTV footage inside the pub showed a slight hint of a glass in his hand before he struck the victim. Purvis was then seen leaving the pub with a red mark on his hand.
Investigating officer PC Hisham Hijazi said: "As a result of the assault the victim has been left with life-changing injuries. His wounds needed more than 40 stitches and he will be permanently scarred.
"This was a vicious and unprovoked attack on a man who was enjoying a night out with his friends. By jailing Purvis for nine years, plus a three year extension to his licence, the Judge has shown just how seriously the justice system views violent crime."