Man jailed for 6-years for wounding - Luton

26/03/2012

When drunken Brian Loughran was told he looked like a "pikey" as he watched the TV programme 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' it led to violence.

Loughran took exception to the remark and used a stanley knife to slash the stomach of the man who had made it.

As a result Loughran, of Brantwood Road, Luton, was jailed for six years on Monday, 19 March 2012 at Luton Crown Court when he pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and having an offensive weapon.

Charlotte Yarrow, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told how it was in the early hours of 17 May last year that the violence erupted at the flat of Delroy Goddard in Dunstable Road, Luton. She said Loughran and his girlfriend were friends of the victim and often drank at his flat with others. That night Loughran and the woman were there and were watching an episode of 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding'.

The court heard that all present were under the influence of drink, and when Mr Goddard commented that Loughran looked like a "pikey" he stormed outside to the communal stairway. However, he could hear the group back inside the flat laughing and after going back inside, he slashed Mr Goddard across his stomach five times.

Judge Stuart Bridge hearing the case was told that the victim needed 82 staples to the wounds.

Loughran made off, but was arrested the next day.

Passing sentence, Judge Bridge told Loughran: "You were drunk and took exception to his comments."

He jailed Loughran for six years.

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