Drunken thug picked up a bottle and smashed it over man's head at bus stop
A THUG has been jailed for six years after he smashed a bottle over the head of a man at a city centre bus stop.
Richard Hogg walked up to Oliver Towle as he sat in Mount Street in the early hours of May 27 last year.
A bus passenger saw Hogg pick up the bottle in the road and hit Mr Towle for no reason. He then skipped off down the street, leaving Mr Towle unconscious, Nottingham Crown Court heard.
Mr Towle was struggling to speak or stand when police arrived. At hospital, he was found to have bleeding on his brain. He has since recovered but has hearing problems.
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Judge Jonathan Teare sentenced Hogg, 24, of Morrell Bank, Top Valley, to six years in prison after he admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
The judge said: "I regard you as a dangerous young man. It is a mindless assault against a helpless victim. If you had had a trial, you would have got nine years."
He said Hogg went "out of control" that night. CCTV had shown him drunkenly writhing on the floor outside the Park Plaza Hotel, Maid Marian Way, with his trousers down. He then walked to Mount Street, where he spotted Mr Towle.
Hogg was not caught that night but was arrested for another act of violence. He had also punched a street pastor in Market Street.
He was sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates' Court to four months in prison, suspended for 12 months.
Police then realised he was responsible for attacking Mr Towle and arrested him on suspicion of GBH with intent, which he admitted.
Matthew Smith said, in mitigation, that Hogg's previous offending was blighted by alcohol misuse.