Man jailed for saw attack - Bishop's Stortford

23/07/2015

A man, who abused another drinker by saying he looked like Peter Griffin, the fat father from the cartoon Family Guy, was jailed for 27 months today, Thursday, 23 July 2015, for attacking him with a saw.

Tarik Drissi struck Joshua Prime twice outside The Boar's Head in Bishop's Stortford, leaving him with blood pouring down his face.

Mr Prime told St Albans Crown Court he had been drinking Carlsberg in the pub with friends when he went to the toilet. "A male from behind called me 'Peter Griffin.' There was a group of males who sniggered and laughed. I turned around and the laughing stopped," he said. He said he regarded what had been said as an insult, saying: "Peter Griffin is a fat character who wears glasses on Family Guy. I was wearing glasses that evening."

At the end of the night he said he spoke to the man, who had called him Peter Griffin, telling him: "If you have anything to say, say it outside." He said he and his friends left and there was a "jolly" atmosphere, but he then felt a tap on his shoulder and was struck above the left eye. "I saw the man with a saw in his hand and I punched him. We ended up on the ground and he struck me again on the top of the head," he said.

He said his glasses fell off and were broken. There was a lot of blood running down his cheek and he was taken to the Princess Alexandra hospital in Harlow for stitches, which have left a scar.

Tarik Drissi, aged 31, of South Road, Bishop's Stortford, was cleared of wounding with intent, but convicted of the lesser charge of wounding Mr Prime in the early hours of 24 February 2013. A charge of possessing an offensive weapon was left on the file.

He said he was acting in self defence. He said he found the saw at the back of the pub.

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