Man glassed in Belfast hotel out of ‘sexual jealousy’

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A south Belfast man who glassed a male patron at a city centre hotel out of “sexual jealousy’’ for talking to his girlfriend has been given a suspended sentence.

David Hislop, 30, of Felt Street in the Sandy Row district, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one of wounding over the incident at Benedicts Hotel in Shaftbury Square on May 5, 2013.

Sean Cooke suffered “significant injuries” to his face after Hislop’s attack, and the court heard it had also caused problems in his relationship with his wife.

The prosecution said that two female patrons, who witnessed the attack, also suffered cuts and lacerations from flying glass and needed stitches and sutures.

Judge Brian Sherrard sentenced Hislop to 12 months, but suspended it for two years, saying Noble had shown “significant remorse”, had a clear record and a “good work ethic”.