Man jailed for glassing

A MAN will spend a minimum of four months in jail after he was found guilty of glassing a man in Pottsville more than two years ago.

Jacobah Joshnah Gibson, 25, of Forest Lake, is expected to appeal the guilty verdict with new evidence his defence lawyer claims he was exposed to after the hearing earlier this month.

Tweed Heads Local Court heard yesterday that the victim, Gregory Swift, was driving on Overall Dr in Pottsville on August 28, 2009, with his wife and children when a group of youths jumped in front of his car.

When he got out to yell at them he was hit to the left ear with a Bacardi bottle.

He was later taken to Murwillumbah Hospital and required 12 stitches to his inner and outer ear.

Although Mr Swift was unable to identify who hit him, Gibson's fingerprint was present on the bottle when police found it in the gutter later that night.

Magistrate Michael Dakin said it was impossible to find that Gibson was remorseful as he had failed to accept he was responsible for the injury.

He said although Gibson had no prior convictions, the offence was serious as it was committed with a group of people and in the presence of children.

He said it was necessary to impose a harsh sentence to deter others from committing similar crimes.

"He has entered a not guilty plea but did not give evidence his defence, as is his right," Magistrate Dakin said.

"However, I am not persuaded there is any chance at rehabilitation as there is a lack of contrition and remorse and lack of acceptance of what he has done."

Gibson was sentenced to eight months prison with the opportunity for supervised parole after four months.



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