Thug smashed pint glass into man's face in Dunbar pub leaving 'permanent scarring'

A thug who smashed a pint tumbler into a man’s face during a pub row is facing a jail sentence.

Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 4:21 pm
The incident took place at the Black Bull pub. Pic: Google Maps.

Nathan Hill launched the savage attack on victim Lee Thomson when the pair clashed in Dunbar earlier this year.

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But a few minutes after joining each other’s company Hill stood up and angrily swung his arm at Mr Thomson’s head while clutching a pint glass.

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The glass smashed on impact with the victim’s head and he was eventually rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

Mr Thomson will now be scarred for life following the brutal pub assault.

Hill, from Dunbar, pleaded guilty to assaulting Lee Thomson by striking him to the head with a glass to his injury and permanent disfigurement when he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Clare Kennedy told the court Hill and a pal had arrived at the pub in the early hours of June 1 and soon began chatting to Mr Thomson.

The fiscal said: “He was speaking with the complainer and there was a disagreement between Hill and the complainer and words were exchanged.

“The complainer stood up and Hill stood up and swung towards Mr Thomson with his right hand and while holding a glass. It smashed on impact.”

The pub’s manager witnessed the attack and immediately called in the police and an ambulance to deal with the situation.

Murray Robertson, defending, said the attack was “clearly a serious matter” but reserved his mitigation to the sentencing hearing.

Sheriff Donald Corke remanded Hill in custody and deferred sentence to next month.

Hill admitted assaulting Lee Thomson by striking him to the head with a glass to his injury and permanent disfigurement at The Black Bull public house, Dunbar, East Lothian, on June 1 this year.