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Glassing is the colloquial term for striking someone with a drinking glass, or bottle, usually to the head, face or neck area. The vast majority of glassing incidents occur at licenced premises where alcohol is served in glassware, which then are used as a weapon during violent altercations.

In the Media

In May 2018 as reported by Mirage News, police were called to a venue on Bay Street, Double Bay where a security guard had been assaulted by a female patron. Upon arrival police arrested a woman who allegedly struck the security guard across the face with a wine glass, which shattered on impact and caused minor lacerations.

The woman was charged with “assault occasioning actual bodily harm” which under the circumstances was exceedingly fortunate. If the injuries suffered by the victim were more serious, the woman would have been facing a much more significant charge and penalty. Section 59(2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) (“the Act”) states:

Whosoever assaults any person, and thereby occasions actual bodily harm, shall be liable to imprisonment for five years.

There is no specific offence of Glassing under the Act, however, the usual or likely charges for this offence (depending on the seriousness of the injuries sustained by the victim) and maximum sentences are as follows:

In 2017, a Wollongong man, as reported by the SMH, 9 June 2017, was gaoled after stabbing another man in the neck with a broken schooner glass, almost severing the victim’s carotid artery, in what was described as a horrific attack. The court found the accused guilty of wounding with intent, sentencing him to 6 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of 3 years 9 months.

Have you been charged with a “Glassing” related offence?

If you have involed in a Glassing incident, you are very likely facing as significant charge that carries a term imprisonment, and it is vital that you seek legal advice at the earlies possible occasion.

Please contact the Criminal Law team at Armstrong Legal on 02 9261 4555 for an obligation free consultation to discuss your matter and receive legal advice.

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Written by Tyson Brown on August 28, 2018

Tyson has a down to earth, straightforward approach to life and the law, one which is well received by all who meet him. Tyson has the ability to relate to all clients on a personal level, having spent many years prior to his legal career in customer service and hospitality. View Tyson's profile

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