A hotel patron needed 35 stitches to several wounds after a chef at the premises on the north coast, allegedly slashed him with a bottle, a court in Coleraine heard on Monday.
Ian Parke (28), of Heronshaw, Bushmills, is alleged to have unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm upon a man on Saturday night outside the Bayview Hotel in Portballintrae, County Antrim.
A police officer told the court the PSNI received a call from a member of the public stating there was a fight at the hotel car park. Officers arrived at the scene and Parke was arrested in Bushmills.
The police officer told the court a man had been “slashed” with a bottle. The officer said two men “had a row” at the hotel, where Parke is a chef.
The officer said Parke had gone to a bar at the hotel to get a “few beers” and the alleged injured party was in the bar.
Parke was later carrying beer bottles in the car park and CCTV showed an “altercation” during which the defendant was “thrown across the bonnet of a car”. The officer said the other man then received wounds to his abdomen, each arm and to the back of his head and needed 35 stitches or staples. The officer said that when interviewed Parke said he “wasn’t the aggressor” and although he had dropped most of the bottles he was carrying he hadn’t realised one was in his hand and he was “defending himself”.
Defence solicitor John Murphy said the defendant had gone to the bar to get a few beers to drink whilst watching football the next day, when he was approached by the alleged injured party.
The lawyer claimed the defendant was struck in the bar but then went to a staff area and then outside to get a lift home.
Mr Murphy said his client, who was “sober”, was carrying beer “across his body” when the alleged injured party approached and the defendant was allegedly pushed back across a car bonnet and he dropped the beer.
The court heard there was CCTV footage.
Mr Murphy added: “There is nothing on that video that suggests he deliberately smashed the bottle and tried to use it as a weapon”. District Judge Peter King released the defendant on £500 bail.
Parke is not to attempt to see, speak to or contact the alleged injured party or witnesses and there is also a ban on Parke entering Mosside village and a business in the Bushmills area.