A TEENAGER who admitted smashing a beer bottle in a rugby player’s face has walked free from court after being cleared of serious assault.
Liam Culliven, 18, told a court that he scarred 17-year-old Fraser Forsyth, but claimed he acted in self-defence.
A jury agreed with Culliven and today found him not guilty of assaulting Mr Forsyth to his permanent disfigurement during the incident at a house in Livingston.
Culliven, from Livingston, lodged a special defence of self-defence at the start of his trial at Livingston Sheriff Court.
He claimed he had been attacked by Mr Forsyth and half a dozen “rugby lads” and said he’d been holding the bottle in his hand when he struck back at his alleged assailant.
Asked how he felt about the injury, Culliven said: “It makes me feel terrible. I regret it immensely.
“Fraser’s got a scar on his face. It’s going to be there for the rest of his life.
“I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, to be honest.”