Man glassed by groom-to-be

A Wollongong man has been jailed for a glassing attack after his drunken buck's party celebrations turned horribly wrong.

Stephen Anthony Boscoscuro was sentenced to a minimum five months' jail yesterday after he glassed a man at a Jindabyne pub on his buck's weekend away on July 19 last year.

He was subsequently released on bail pending a severity appeal against his sentence.

Wollongong Local Court heard Boscoscuro was out celebrating his nuptials with family and friends at Clancy's Bar just after midnight when he started arguing with an unknown man at the bar.

The 31-year-old, who had been drinking alcohol all evening, was wearing a dress and carrying a handbag as a part of the buck's night festivities.

The victim, who was also standing at the bar, made a comment to Boscoscuro, sending him into a rage.

In the seconds that followed, Boscoscuro put his arm around the man's neck - similar to a headlock - and punched him in the face while holding a schooner glass.

The glass shattered in the man's face, causing a number of lacerations around his eyes, nose and to his forehead.

The injuries required 15 stitches.

Defence barrister Robert Steward told the court Boscoscuro was "uncharacteristically inebriated" that night and had no recollection of the attack, even in the moments after his arrest.

He said Boscoscuro had no criminal record, was well respected by his peers and a valued member of the community, particularly through his work as a surf lifesaver.

Magistrate Geraldine Beattie was critical of Boscoscuro's decision to drink in excess, despite his otherwise good character.

"You made the choice to get that drunk, you are responsible for every drink you have," she said.

"People go out and choose to get drunk and then behave [appallingly], which is what you have done.

"That sort of behaviour is not going to be tolerated [by] the community."

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