A TEENAGER who bottled a boy outside a house party in Bournemouth causing "unpleasant" and "totally unnecessary" injuries has avoided an immediate prison sentence.

Reiss Kodie Langton struck a boy with a Courvoisier bottle during the attack in August 2018.

Langton, aged 19 and of Victoria Road, Ferndown, admitted a charge of unlawful wounding/inflicting grievous bodily harm. In August of this year, he was found not guilty after a trial of a more serious charge of wounding with intent.

A sentencing hearing at Bournemouth Crown Court on Monday, November 2, more than two years after the assault, heard the defendant became involved in the incident as he wanted to assist one of his friends.

Prosecuting, Isabel Delamere said Langton, who was aged 17 at the time of the offence, had not been invited to the party and drank an "awful lot of Courvoisier" that night.

"The defendant hit the complainant with a bottle," said Miss Delamere.

She added: "Mr Langton went back to the home where he was living at the time and he was seen by the social worker."

Langton told the social worker "I bottled a kid" and called the victim derogatory things.

Miss Delamere said the social worker called police and the defendant was arrested. In interview, he declined to answer any questions.

A victim impact statement said the boy was not aware of the injuries he had sustained until they were pointed out by his friends.

He said as a result of the attack he lost trust in people he did not know, even friends of friends, and he had suffered flashbacks.

Mitigating, Barnaby Shaw said the defendant recognises the impact his actions had on the victim and he was remorseful.

While Mr Shaw said it had to be accepted that the offence past the custody threshold, he said there was a strong case for the sentence to be suspended.

In handing out a nine-month sentence in a young offender institution, suspended for 15 months, Judge Brian Forster QC told the defendant: "You clearly had far too much to drink and for want of a better phrase 'you lost it'."

The judge said the victim suffered "terrible" lacerations in the attack.

"He has to live with that on a daily basis. The court takes note of the impact of what took place upon him," said Judge Forster QC.

Since his arrest, the defendant has used his time "well" and stayed out of trouble, he added.

The offence Langton admitted carried a starting point of 18 months imprisonment, but this was reduced after the judge took into account his age, guilty plea and behaviour since the incident.

The judge said it would not be in the public or the defendant's interest for him to be immediately jailed.

Langton was ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work, 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days, pay a statuary surcharge and £1,000 compensation.