Man jailed for Tunbridge Wells nightclub attack


Ruth Lumley
Tuesday 06 March 2012 18:57

A man who used a bottle to carry out an unprovoked attack on a nightclub reveller has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Kevin Eastwood, 29, thrust the bottle into his 40-year-old victim's face and head after smashing it on the bar of the club in High Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on December 23 last year, Kent Police said.

Eastwood, of Branbridges Road, East Peckham, Tonbridge, Kent, then repeatedly punched the man, who needed more than 40 stitches, until he fell unconscious, a police spokeswoman added.

Officers identified Eastwood from CCTV obtained from the nightclub and he was arrested. He pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court today.

Detective Inspector Chris Benson, from Kent Police, said: "This was a horrific and unprovoked attack on a man who was simply enjoying a night out with friends.

"He sustained numerous deep and lengthy cuts to his face, but I don't doubt the mental scars he must have suffered are just as damaging.

"I hope this sentence gives the victim the courage to move on from this ordeal and that it serves as a warning to others as to the gravity with which the courts view such offences, especially where bottles are used as weapons."