References handed to the court described Hubbard as a “hard-working family man” and a “big softie,” Mr Barraclough QC continued.
And Hubbard, of previous good character, felt “deep remorse” after acting out of character, said Mr Barraclough QC, who said Hubbard suffered osteoporosis, diabetes and hypertension.
Oh, sounds like a sick man, so what was he doing downing all this?
He also claimed Mr Connell’s injuries were caused by broken glass, with the six pints of Guinness and one vodka and coke he consumed having not affected his behaviour.
Doesn't the judge ever think 'Wait a minute...'?
Judge Jeremy Donne QC ordered Hubbard to compensate “clearly intelligent” Mr Connell £15,000.
For a finger?
“You have heard this morning Mr Connell describe in very clear terms the impact the events of that night had upon him.
“Fortunately the results of the injury have not been as catastrophic as they might otherwise have been,” he said. “Mr Connell is clearly an intelligent young man reading for a career in engineering, that is fortunate, because his previous career was thwarted by you.
“You are 60-years-old, you are a hard working family man, you have had a completely unblemished life before this event and it is entirely correct to say this offence was completely out of character.”
Hubbard, of The Street, was handed eight months suspended for 18 months, must complete 120 hours of unpaid work and 20 rehabilitation requirement activity days.
Someone's making a fortune out of these soft sentences, aren't they?