Thug avoids jail over glass attack

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A THUG who glassed a man after they argued has avoided being sent to prison.

Michael Reilly, 24, smashed a tumbler in David Woods’ face in Bread Street, in April, the city’s sheriff court heard last month.

But appearing for sentence yesterday, Reilly avoided being sent to jail and was instead handed 300 hours of community service.

He was also ordered to attend alcohol counselling and pay £1500 compensation to his victim.

Depute fiscal Ian Wallace said Reilly, of Livingston, had approached and started to pester female friends of Mr Woods outside a chip shop.

When Mr Woods told Reilly to stop it, the hooligan smashed a pint glass over his face causing him to suffer cuts to his face and a broken nose.

Reilly pleaded guilty to a serious assault charge before Sheriff Arthurson at a hearing last month.