A THUG fractured a man’s skull after taking offence at remarks made about his girlfriend at a DJ night.

Ben Queenan, 23, punched Andrew Blair, 31, to the ground outside a pub in Old Dalmarnock Road, Glasgow, last September causing him to smash his head on the ground.

He then assaulted PC Zakaria Ben Ghalia when he turned up to restore order, leaving him with a concussion.

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Queenan pleaded guilty today at Glasgow Sheriff Court to assaulting Mr Blair’s to his severe injury and danger of life and assaulting the policeman.

The court heard Queenan and friend Steven Collins were at a DJ night with their girlfriends.

Queenan believed Mr Blair had made derogatory comments about the girls and started an argument outside.

Mr Collins got in between the pair but was attacked by “unknown means” and was found bleeding on the pavement by his partner.

A large-scale fight broke out and police arrived to find the brawl taking place and Mr Collins lying on the ground unconscious.

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Prosecutor Mark Allan said: “As they approached, they observed Queenan punch Mr Blair on the face.

“He fell backwards onto the ground, not breaking his fall and hitting his head.”

PC Ben Ghalia took hold of Queenan who lashed out and struggled with him causing the officer to fail to the ground.

Mr Blair suffered a fractured skull, a bleed on the brain and a cut on the rear of his head as well as bruising to his jaw.

The constable suffered from a headache and nausea and was later diagnosed with a concussion.

Lawyer David O’Hagan, defending: “Mr Queenan was under the impression that Mr Blair was going to try to assault him.

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“He took the decision to strike first and threw the punch.

“Mr Queenan was grabbed by the police officer and he didn’t know it was an officer and thought it was another person involved, then began to struggle.

“He acknowledges when he became aware it was an officer, he panicked.”

Sentence was deferred until next month by Sheriff John McCormick for background reports. He granted Queenan, of Carntyne, bail meantime.