A primary school teacher was scarred for life after a drunk thug launched a glass across a crowded nightclub.
The 25-year-old woman was out with friends at Revolucion de Cuba in Manchester when she was struck in the face by the tumbler and felt blood pouring down her face.
Aavaiz Chaudhry, 23, threw the glass with force at a group of men he'd been arguing with but ended up injuring the innocent teacher.
Chaudhry, of Wilbraham Road in Fallowfield, escaped an immediate jail sentence at Manchester Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm at an earlier hearing.
He had been out drinking with his friends prior to his offence, and had got into a dispute with another group of men in the basement of Revolucion de Cuba.
Chaudhry retaliated after being racially abused by one of the other men, launching a glass in the group's direction.
The victim was on the dancefloor when she felt a push from behind.
Prosecuting, Neil Ronan said: "As she looked around she felt a bang to her cheek and felt blood pouring down her face.
"She then felt extreme pain."
A friend of the victim witnessed Chaudhry throw the glass and pointed him out to police outside the club while the primary school teacher received medical treatment.
She was taken to the Manchester Royal Infirmary with a 3cm cut and fracture to her left cheek, the court heard.
She was left with 'visible scarring' below her left eye, blurred vision and paresthesia to her cheek and nose, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Mr Ronan, relaying her victim impact statement in court, said: "There's not a day that goes by where she doesn't replay the incident in her mind.
"The mental effect has been significant to this victim."
Defending, Gareth Bellis said the defendant was drunk at the time of incident and had shown genuine remorse and guilt for his actions.
Mr Bellis said the defendant was of previous good character who had dedicated his free time to voluntary and charitable causes.
"This is someone without previous convictions, someone who is of exemplary character who has volunteered to help those in need."
Recorder Alex Leach, sentencing, said Chaudhry's actions had left the victim with 'a prominent facial scar' and nerve damage.
"Her confidence, both personally and professionally, has been damaged," Recorder Leach told the court.
"It's clear that no sentence this court can impose will ever undo the consequences of your offending."
"Your conduct was reckless," he added.
"You threw a glass with what must have been considerable force across a crowded nightclub."
Chaudhry was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work.
He will have to pay £3,200 to the victim and obey a curfew between 9pm and 6am for six months.
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