Towcester man jailed for three years for violent glass attack

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A DRINKER who shoved a glass into another man’s face during a dispute in a Towcester pub has been jailed for three years.

Stacey Wright, aged 25, was drinking in the Peacock pub, Watling Street, Towcester when one of his friends got into an argument with a 47-year-old customer.

Northampton Crown Court heard that as they argued and then began grappling with each other, Wright intervened by smashing a glass into the victim’s face.

Benedict Peers, prosecuting, said the victim suffered potentially serious injuries with an inch-long cut to his neck, as well as cuts to his face and his ear needed to be reattached with glue. Doctors had to insert up to 17 stitches to his face and neck following the glassing on September 3 last year.

Wright, formerly of Church View, Greens Norton denied he was responsible for inflicting the injuries and pleaded not guilty to an allegation of wounding.

But after a three-day trial last week, Wright, now of Bow Road, East London was unanimously found guilty of wounding by a jury of seven men and five women.

The court heard Wright was subject to a suspended sentence at the time of the glassing, having previously been convicted of an affray.

He was jailed on Friday, April 27, for three years for wounding with an additional three months’ imprisonment imposed for the outstanding suspended sentence.

Recorder Adrian Redgrave QC said: “In a crowded bar when an incident began which did not concern you directly and which involved nothing worse than punches, and you having had a lot to drink that day, used a glass as a weapon. The blow struck the victim’s ear and neck and left him with a cut requiring 17 stitches. The use of the glass as a weapon and the extent of the injury makes this a particularly serious offence.

“You have a previous conviction for affray and a suspended sentence of nine months’ custody was imposed 10 months before you committed this offence.

“You are therefore liable to potentially serve the suspended sentence consecutively to the sentence for this offence. However, I have regard to the principle of totality.”