A FATHER of three who was drunk and had taken cocaine could not remember hitting another man in the head with a pint glass during a pub karaoke.
Richie Ben Lloyd, 29, admitted unlawful wounding following the incident at The Golden Lion pub in Wrexham, in May, and was jailed for 14 months.
Mold Crown Court heard how Lloyd’s partner, who is now expecting their fourth child, had been dancing at the pub that night and ended up sitting on the lap of complainant Aaron Lincoln, who had been singing a few numbers on the karaoke machine.
He was uncomfortable and embarrassed and simply held her to prevent her falling and hurting herself.
But Lloyd strode across the dance floor and hit him to the side of the head with a glass.
The incident was captured on CCTV and was played to the court.
Judge Rhys Rowlands said the victim was left with a 3ins wound on the left of his face, together with other wounds to his ear and neck.
It had understandably affected his confidence, Mr Rowlands said.
Lloyd had been pulled away as he tried to attack Mr Lincoln a second time.
It was an aggravating feature that the attack involved the use of a glass on licensed premises.
“He had no opportunity to defend himself,” Mr Rowlands said.
“There was no provocation at all.”
He had sustained unpleasant injuries to his face and was fortunate that it had not been more serious.
If the glass had hit him a little lower he could have lost an eye.
“It could have been much, much worse,” the judge said.
Frances Willmott, prosecuting, said the victim was a regular at the pub and had sung a number of songs.
He was intending to sing again but while sitting near the DJ a woman sat on his lap.
Ms Willmot said: “He became aware of a man approaching. He didn’t pay any particular attention, but he was then struck to the right side of his head with a pint glass.”
He had been left with a scar to the hair line.
Interviewed, Lloyd said he could recall nothing of the incident, not even going to that pub.
He was out with his partner and accepted that he was probably jealous.
Paul Abraham, defending, said he could not recall what had happened.
“He cannot offer an explanation,” he said.
The seriousness of what he had done was not lost on Lloyd, a family man who was spoken highly of in references from family, friends and his employers.
“Until this day he would be regarded as a model citizen, who people would look up to,” he said.
Lloyd had a £35,000-a-year job, supported his family and gave a lot to the community – being involved with running local children’s sports teams.
References showed the other side of him.
He had learnt his lesson as far as alcohol and illicit substances were concerned and if he received a suspended sentence he could continue to pay the mortgage and pay the victim compensation.
But the judge said that the use of a glass on licensed premises could not be tolerated.
It had to be immediate custody, he said.
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