Man jailed for glassing a man - Broxbourne

20/08/2013

A 23-year-old man was jailed for 18 months today, Tuesday, 20 August 2013, for glassing a man in a Broxbourne pub car park.

Joseph Brightman, 23, struck Wade Messenger-Heatley, who was arguing with a friend over a £20 debt outside The Bull.

Brightman, who was standing to one side, lashed out with his pint glass, striking Mr Messenger-Heatley on the neck, below his left ear, and punched him several times, St Albans Crown Court was told.

Prosecutor David Jenkins said: "There was blood everywhere.  It caused a one inch wound under the ear, which needed stitches."

In a victim impact statement, Mr Messenger-Heatley said  he took time off work, lost pay and became frightened about going out in case he met Brightman.

When Brightman was arrested he made no comment to police questions.

Brightman of Hallmores, St Catherine's Road, Broxbourne pleaded guilty to wounding on 16 November last year. He had 7 convictions for 13 previous offences, including assault on a police officer and battery.

Philip Sutton, defending, said Brightman had been working for his father's air-conditioning business, but had been off work for 7 months, having fallen through a ceiling.

"That night there was a lashing out and he happened to have a glass in his hand. He lost his cool. It was a reckless act."

Recorder Nerys Jefford QC said: "It is clear to me only imprisonment will do. It was an attack in a pub car park at night when the victim had done nothing to provoke it."

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