Groom glassed stranger during stag-do attack

Groom glassed stranger during stag-do attack

by Tom Martin (April 2021)

A stag weekend in York for a group of Merseyside men ended in trouble when the drunken groom-to-be hurled a glass in a stranger’s face.

The victim, Rory Hutton, suffered a cut to the top of his head and another to his forehead, and a shard from the broken glass flew behind him and cut a young woman on the thigh.

Their assailant, Thomas Snow, from Crosby, “stayed around for about a minute but when security staff came he scaled railings around the garden and made off,” said Charlotte Atherton, prosecuting.

He was detained nearby by police and a court has now heard that he admitted the offences on August 31, 2019, when interviewed and had since demonstrated a significant level of remorse.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Snow held his stag party in York with friends and that evening they were at a table in the beer garden of The Terrace pub in Fossegate. Mr Hutton was at a nearby table with his group of friends celebrating his 19th birthday.

CCTV footage was played to the court showing Snow moving over to Mr Hutton’s table, throwing his drink in his face and then throwing the glass in his face too.

Mr Hutton later told how he had been “sitting down for five minutes when he noticed Snow staring at him which caused him to say, ‘what’s wrong, are you alright mate?’

That was followed by the  incident which left him with a cut to the top of his head which bled profusely.

A shard from the broken glass cut the thigh of Janet Price, who was sitting at the table behind, and she was taken hospital for an X-ray to check there was no glass in the 1.5 cm cut, which was treated with steri-strips, said Miss Atherton.

Mr Hutton was treated at the scene by paramedics and did not require hospital treatment.

Snow, 36, of Vale Road, Crosby, pleaded guilty to wounding and assault causing actual bodily harm. The court heard that he has 14 previous convictions but has been out of trouble for nine years.

Sarah Griffin, defending, said Snow, a landscape gardener, was “extremely remorseful.” He was not a regular drinker and had acted out of character. 

“He was caught up in events on his stag do having consumed far too much alcohol and acted in a terribly foolish way. He knows he only has himself to blame.”

Judge David Potter told Snow, “Through no judgement on your part but through sheer good luck both complainants were fortunate to escape more serious injury.”

But he said that the defendant had strong personal mitigation and imposed a ten month jail term suspended for 18 months. 

He also ordered him to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and 20 days rehabilitation activities. “You have come extremely close to receiving an immediate custodial sentence,” he said and warned him if he breaches the orders “into custody you will go.”

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