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Jack Shepherd sentenced to four more years for wounding with intent

|News, Violent crime

A man has admitted hitting a member of bar staff over the head with a bottle of vodka after being refused alcohol and has been sentenced to four more years in custody.

Jack Shepherd pleaded guilty to one charge of wounding with intent at Exeter Crown Court today (6 June 2019) and was sentenced to four more years in prison, to run consecutively to the six years he is already serving for gross negligence manslaughter.

On 16 March 2018, Jack Shepherd entered the White Hart Hotel in Moretonhampstead, Devon, with a friend. One of the bar staff explained they would not serve the pair any more alcohol due to them being heavily intoxicated and asked them to leave.

As he ushered the men out of the hotel, Shepherd took a litre bottle of vodka from his back pocket and struck the barman over the head causing the victim to fall to the floor.

Another member of staff struggled with Shepherd in an attempt to prevent him from a further attack. At this point a National Crime Agency officer intervened and restrained Shepherd.

Helen Phillips, from CPS South West, said: “This was an entirely unprovoked act of violence. The victim was working at the hotel when two drunk men entered. When he asked Shepherd and his friend to leave, Shepherd struck the victim hard to the forehead with a glass bottle, leaving him unconsciousness with a large swelling and a cut to his head.

“Due to the strength of the case and the evidence secured Shepherd was left with little choice but to own up to his actions and plead guilty to this charge.”

Notes to editors

  • Helen Phillips is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS South West

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