Father and son jailed following death of man in violent pub attack

|News, Violent crime

Two men have been jailed today (15 January) after killing a man when he assaulted one of them for throwing a drink over his girlfriend.

Charlie Ward was convicted of the murder of Jason Gardner, 43, after stabbing him 31 times during an altercation in a pub. His father, John Ward, was found guilty of manslaughter.

On 9 May last year, Jason Gardner sought out Charlie Ward after he had thrown a drink over his girlfriend when she refused to serve him in the Long Barn pub in Slough earlier in the evening. Having located him in another pub, the Earl of Cornwall, he entered the premises with a heavy metal torch which he then used to attack Ward.

Charlie Ward, with the help of his father, overpowered Mr Gardner, and stabbed him over 30 times. As Mr Gardner lay defenceless and bleeding on the pub floor, John Ward proceeded to kick and stamp on him, and hit him with the leg of a wooden table. Mr Gardner was taken to hospital, but was pronounced dead in the early hours of 10 May.

Peter Burt from the CPS said: “This incident should never have led to a man dying. The evidence presented by the CPS showed while Jason Gardner was clearly intent on getting revenge for Mr Ward’s actions towards his girlfriend that evening, Charlie and John Ward were extremely quick to resort to aggressive behaviour on the night in question - behaviour that ultimately led to Mr Gardner’s death.

“There is absolutely no place for violence or the carrying of weapons in our society and the conclusion of this trial with convictions for each defendant confirms this.

“Our thoughts are with the family of the deceased”.

Notes to editors

  • Peter Burt is a Senior District Crown Prosecutor from the CPS Thames and Chiltern Crown Court team.
  • This case was heard between 26 November 2018 and 14 January 2019 at Reading Crown Court
  • Conviction and sentence:
    • Charlie Ward, 36, was charged and found guilty of murder, and possessing a knife. He has been jailed for life with a recommendation of 22 years for murder and two years concurrent for having a knife.
    • John Ward, 58, was convicted of manslaughter and has been jailed for nine years.

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