Man jailed for nightclub attack that severed tourist’s nose

01/12/2014

A man’s been given a four year jail term after he threw a bar stool at a tourist in a Liverpool night club, severing his nose.

22 year old student Brian McGee had come to Liverpool from Tipperary in Southern Ireland with his girlfriend and several other friends.

They were enjoying a night out in Flares nightclub in the Mathew Street area of the city on 30 June 2014.

CCTV in the club shows Antony OBrien, 28, start to pick on Mr McGee for no apparent reason.

He begins talking to Mr McGee, although hed never met him before, and becomes increasingly aggressive.

Mr McGee can be seen holding out his hand as if to try and make O'Brien stop but O'Brien picks up a table and throws it at him.

He then picks up a steel bar stool and throws that at him. Mr McGee then fell to the floor, holding his face.

The blow from the stool had almost completely severed Mr McGee's nose from his face. O'Brien slipped out of the club as people gathered round and an ambulance was called.

Mr McGee needed a complex medical procedure to fully reattach his nose,  requiring 130 stitches.

He now has large scar, problems with breathing and sleeping and has lost his sense of smell.

O'Brien of Sedgemoor Road in Liverpool pleaded guilty to the attack and a further assault on Mr McGee's friend, Brian Duffy.

At Liverpool Crown Court he was sentenced to 4yrs and 3 months imprisonment.

Anne McCracken, Senior Crown Prosecutor with Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said it was important that O'Brien was charged with the most serious assault offence -   intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

She said: "This was a vicious, unprovoked attack on a man who had simply come to Liverpool to have a good time.

"The Crown Prosecution Service argued that O'Brien, by throwing a metal bar stool at close quarters, clearly meant to cause Mr McGee really serious harm.

"It's important that people have the confidence to come to the city and enjoy what it has to offer.

"This jail term shows that the penalties are severe for those people who put that at risk and cause such harm to people innocently having a good time."