Man guilty of glassing




A 19-year-old man has been found guilty of wounding after striking the organiser of a poker tournament with a glass.

It took the jury of four women and eight men less than 30 minutes to find Joshua David Salter, of Ringarooma, guilty of wounding Mark Adrian Davenport, 47, of West Launceston.

The incident happened on September 1, 2011, at the Newstead Hotel where Salter and friend Daniel Cattigan were drinking and Mr Davenport was hosting a poker tournament.

During the three-day trial in the Launceston Supreme Court, the court heard that an altercation had occurred between the men in the establishment's car park after Mr Davenport accused the two men of urinating on one of his poker tables that had been stored in the hotel's foyer.

A video recording of Salter's interview was also shown to the court in which he said that at the time of striking Mr Davenport he ``didn't realise I had the glass in my hand'' until the glass smashed and he received a cut to his thumb.

He also admitted he had ``too much to drink'' and ``wasn't thinking'' at the time of the confrontation.

Mr Davenport received two 10-centimetre lacerations to his head as a result of the incident.

Salter was bailed for sentence by Justice Shan Tennent via videolink on September 5.

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