A 28-YEAR-old Cirencester man who smashed a wine glass in another man’s face during Christmas festivities in Cheltenham has been ordered to pay his badly scarred victim £3,000 compensation before he is sentenced, writes John Hawkins.
Jack Hale of Burcombe, Woodmancote, was told by a judge at Gloucester crown court yesterday that if he has paid the money to the traumatised victim within three months he will not go to jail.
But if he fails to hand over the compensation by November 28 he will go straight to prison, warned Judge Michael Cullum.
The judge said he did not trust Hale to pay the compensation without that threat hanging over him.
Hale admitted unlawfully wounding the victim on December 15, 2018.
The court heard that the victim had arrived at The Moon Under Water pub in Cheltenham by taxi at 10.31pm that night.
Prosecutor James Haskell said: “A few minutes later, he saw a work colleague getting involved in an altercation with two other men and went to investigate what was going on.
“Before he could react, a third man (the defendant Hale) came out of nowhere and struck him s in the face with a wine glass.
“The victim instinctively put his hands to his face and immediately noticed they were covered in blood.
“An ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital. Staff at the pub retrieved the smashed wine glass while security staff found Hale, who had run away from the incident and was hiding under a bush.”
Hale told police he had been on a works Christmas social event and it was also his leaving do.
The court was told that the victim suffered ‘appalling injuries’ to his face, including deep multiple lacerations – one 10cms in length and one 8cms long on his cheek.
An initial operation at hospital in Gloucester did not remove all the shards of glass and he had to undergo further surgery in Oxford when the wounds failed to heal.
Gareth James, defending said: “It was a single blow. The only argument is whether Hale had intended to cause injury. He has always accepted that he was personally responsible and indicated this at the lower court.
“Hale has admitted that he acted badly and was drunk at the time and was high on other substances.
“However, all this is out of character for this hard working man. It was a moment of madness on a night out. He has expressed a great deal of remorse over the incident.”
Judge Cullum said to Hale: “The offence of malicious wounding when you put a wine glass into the face of your victim is very serious.
“You did not mean to cause serious injury, but you did.
“Unsurprisingly the incident has taken a mental toll on Mr Saunders’ health as he battles with the consequences. He is still living with the after effects.
“You are on the cusp of a custodial sentence. If you pay the compensation, that satisfies me that you are remorseful and there is a possibility of rehabilitation. I will impose a suspended sentence and impose a high number of unpaid work hours.”