Mansfield mum’s relief at glassing man’s sentence

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A Mansfield mum whose son was glassed during a sickening attack has spoken out about his attacker’s five-year sentence.

Amanda Fisher has been campaigning for venue owners to introduce plastics after the incident at the Stag and Pheasant pub on 19th June last year.

Her son was left permanently scarred by the attack, suffering a three-inch cut to his left cheek, requiring 11 stitches, and cuts to the left side of his neck and ear.

Twenty-one-year-old Marcus Fisher had been watching the England versus Ukraine game with friends at the pub when Jamie Burbanks (23), of Chaucer Street, Mansfield, confronted him at the bar.

A few moments later, on his way back from the toilets he came face-to-face with Burbanks, who grabbed his clothing and thrust a pint of beer into his face.

The attack was captured on CCTV and witnessed by a number of revellers.

Mrs Fisher said: “I was in shock at first but I feel a sense of justice that the police have been backed up by the court system.

“But this is not just about what happened to Marcus it is about stopping people like Burbanks reacting in the way he did. If he did not have that glass in his hand he would not have been able to use it against my son.”

Amanda has been campaigning for venue owners to introduce plastics after 9pm in a bid to reduce the chances of a repeat incident.

“We have had a lot of support for our No Glass No Smash campaign,” she added.

“Sixty-five per cent of people who responded to a Chad survey about it said they would support a ban. The next step is to go into venues and find out how they feel about replacing glasses with plastic.”

Burbanks was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday last week after being convicted of intending

to cause grievous bodily harm after a trial.