Man jailed for glassing love rival

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An Elland man who injured a love rival with a broken bottle has been jailed for 16 months.

Daniel Whinnett, 25, caused injuries to Alec Fielden’s face, arm and hand during a confrontation between the two men at a flat in Greetland in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

Bradford Crown Court heard how Whinnett had been pushed into a boiler banging his head before he picked up a bottle and smashed it.

Prosecutor John Topham said Whinnett then thrust the bottle towards Mr Fielden’s face hitting him on the left side.

Two women intervened to break up the fight and eventually Whinnett was pushed out of the bedsit.

But Mr Topham said in a rage Whinnett then started to cause about £1000 worth of damage to Mr Fielden’s pick-up truck.

Whinnett later arranged to hand himself in to the police and last month he pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful wounding and criminal damage.

Judge John Potter was told that Whinnett, of Thirlmere Avenue, had a previous conviction for wounding dating back to 2007.

Barrister Gillian Batts, for Whinnett, said he was unexpectedly confronted that night by the sight of Mr Fielden at the flat and he reacted.

Judge Potter said Whinnett had drunk a significant quantity of alcohol and after the fight broke out he had used serious and significant violence.

The judge said Whinnett had also caused deliberate and vindictive damage to Mr Fielden’s vehicle.