Robyn Wilkins spared jail over bottle attack in Bath

A man who glassed a nightclubber in the eye has been spared 18 months in prison after a plea by his victim.

Judge Mark Horton told Robyn Wilkins, 23, of Bath, he would have been jailed but for the statement from Sean Kosma.

Bristol Crown Court heard Mr Kosma had almost lost an eye after being hit with a glass bottle by Wilkins in Revolution in Bath.

Wilkins, who admitted grievous bodily harm over the attack in June, was given a six-month supervision order.

'Extreme generosity'

The court heard Wilkins had been partying with friends when he lost his temper after being sprayed with alcohol, and had hit Mr Kosma in the face with a glass bottle.

Mr Kosma had suffered a large cut to his cornea in the attack.

But in his victim impact statement, he told the court he had recovered from his injuries and did "not want the defendant's life to be ruined".

After reading the statement, the judge told Wilkins he "should meet the victim and apologise", adding that Mr Kosma had "shown extreme generosity".

"For this particular offence, there should be a term of 18 months imprisonment," he said.

"But I am prepared to offer you the opportunity of a period of six months to be in good behaviour and keep out of trouble."

The judge ordered Wilkins to reappear before the court in June for a progress report.

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