A 'cowardly' thug who launched an unprovoked attack with a glass bottle has been put behind bars for 11 years after his victim was left scarred for life.

Charles Cory, 34, had been talking to a woman at a bar in Billericay, but became frustrated when she went on to dance with another man.

Cory threw liquid from a glass at the man, before striking him in the face with a bottle.

The attack caused heavy bleeding and left the victim with several deep cuts to his face.

Essex Police arrived on scene, at French Martini, in Western Road, on Monday, March 30.

A spokesman said: "We identified Cory as the suspect before finally locating him to his place of work the following day and arresting him."

Cory, of De Paul Way, Brentwood, appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday, March 31, after admitting a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Investigating officer PC Tyler Hadlow said: “Cory approached the victim from behind, threw liquid over him and then struck him in the face once he turned around.

“The glass shattered as it hit his face and Cory ran from the scene after staff attempted to detain him.

“As a result of the attack, the victim suffered from several permanently visible injuries, which consisted of deep cuts to his forehead, nose and cheek, as well as severe bruising.

“This was a completely unprovoked attack and it was found that Cory had used a weapon intending to cause as much damage as possible.

“This week he received 11 years in prison for his cowardly actions.”