Trowbridge man who glassed pub landlord is jailed
5:48pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
A barred drinker who smashed a glass into a Trowbridge pub landlord's face while on bail has been jailed for 21 months.
David Cook was on bail for attacking a bouncer, and a suspended sentence for a racist assault on a takeaway worker over a sausage, when he glassed the pub boss.
Swindon Crown Court heard the 30-year-old had just completed the first session of an alcohol treatment requirement when he launched the attack.
Tessa Hingston, prosecuting told the court how the first incident took place on Monday, March 4 when, after knocking a mobile phone from the hand of Kings Arms' doorman Dominic Terry, he then threatened and lunged at him.
When the police arrived soon after they detained the heavily drunk defendant who spat in the face of PC Dave Hamley as he was being loaded into the van.
On Friday, June 28, having been put on a suspended sentence by magistrates for an earlier matter, he went to the John Bull at Studley Green and begged landlord Ollie Thomas to let him in for a drink.
She said he relented, but after a while Cook became upset by another drinker.
After being asked to leave, he returned a while later when Mr Thomas took him outside to talk to him shortly after midnight.
After sitting and chatting, the landlord told him to go home but Cook then smashed a glass in his face, leaving him needing five stitches in a badly cut lip.
Cook, of Aldebourgh Place, Trowbridge, pleaded guilty to two counts of common assault, one of actual bodily harm and possessing a small amount of cannabis.
The court heard he was put on a 12- week suspended jail term two weeks before the second incident after an earlier incident in a takeaway.
David Maunder, defending, said his client is a 'complex individual' who had a difficult history with ADHD, troubled relationships and an excessive use of alcohol.
The morning of the June incident had been the first meeting of the alcohol treatment requirement and another person on the course suggested they go for a drink after, he said.
Recorder Michael Bowes QC jailed him for 21 months with a further 12 weeks added on from the suspended sentence.