A THUG who repeatedly smashed a wine glass into a man’s face following a row during a funeral wake in a pub will have to wait until next month to learn his fate.

Max Prior launched the violent attack on the mourner during the wake at the Travellers Rest in Darlington.

CCTV footage from inside the pub showed the defendant repeatedly smash the wine glass into the victim’s face before other people managed to pull him away from the man and restrain him.

The man was left covered in blood following the brutal assault.

In March, a jury at Teesside Crown Court heard how the defendant and the victim, who did not know each other, had both attended the funeral before the violence erupted in the West Auckland Road pub.

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The 35-year-old, of St Johns Crescent, Darlington, was found unanimously guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm following the brutal assault in October last year.

He expecting to be sentenced today but neither a pre-sentence report nor a dangerousness assessment had been carried out in time.

Judge Christopher Smith adjourned the hearing until Friday, June 17 to allow time for the two reports to be completed.

He said: “I do want an assessment about dangerousness because I’m worried about this defendant; I’m worried about the way in which he reacted to whatever issues he felt were occurring inside the pub; and I’m worried about the comments he made inside the pub afterwards.

“I read with care the partial psychiatric report and I describe it as a partial report because I can’t understand why the psychiatrist hasn’t been supplied with this defendant’s medical history.”

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