A 25-YEAR-OLD man who smashed a drinks glass over another man's head at an Eyemouth pub has been given a nine-month home curfew and ordered to pay his victim £500 compensation.

It follows an incident at the Tavern Bar – on the town's High Street – on September 3 last year.

Samuel Mcarthur pleaded guilty at Jedburgh Sheriff Court to the assault – aggravated by religious prejudice – to the man's severe injury and permanent disfigurement, as well as behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

Passing sentence, sheriff Peter Paterson warned the first offender the only reason he was not going to prison was because he has no previous convictions.

The home curfew, he said, was a direct alternative to custody. Mcarthur must stay at home in Callercove Crescent, Eyemouth, between the hours of 8pm and 5.30am.