Thug smashed a bottle into store worker’s face
9:10am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Latest News
A THUG who smashed a beer bottle into the face of a shop worker who was trying to stop him stealing has been jailed for two years.
Joshua Stanley, 24, was high on drink and drugs when he left his victim with a shattered cheekbone after going to the 24-hour supermarket to steal more booze, Swindon Crown Court heard.
As he set about security guard Chandrabose Sasikumar he also used racist language before firing off a volley of abuse at another staff member.
Mr Sasikumar had to have metal plates fitted to repair five facial fractures.
When police arrived, Stanley accused the friend he was with of being responsible for smashing the bottle into his victim’s face.
Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, said Stanley and a pal had gone to Tesco, on Ocotal Way, in the early hours of Tuesday, April 23.
It was obvious to staff that the pair were drunk because of the way they were behaving and also clear they were intent on stealing.
As the pair left they were confronted by Mr Sasikumar.
Stanley then launched into a tirade of abuse and raised his left hand with the large bottle in it and smashed it hard into his victim’s face, the court heard.
At first Mr Sasikumar thought he had been punched but then realised it was far more serious as blood poured from his nose.
Witnesses said Stanley turned on another worker, saying he knew where he lived and would rape and murder his wife.
But Stanley, who has a history of domestic violence, denies making these threats.
The court was told that when police arrived, Stanley remained abusive and insisted he had done nothing wrong, telling officers ‘It was my mate’, continuing the lie when he was questioned.
Mr Sasikumar was taken to hospital where he was found to have multiple fractures to his right cheek, which needed rebuilding.
As a result he can no longer play cricket or football and is affected by the cold.
The victim also believes the stress caused his wife to go into labour weeks early and the couple to lose their child at 11 days old.
Miss Hingston said that athough the defendant had written a letter of apology, the victim replied outlining the impact the crime had on his life.
Stanley, of Rolleston Street, pleaded guilty to theft and grievous bodily harm.
The court heard he had a number of previous convictions for assault, mostly for attacking his girlfriend, and one while on bail a couple of weeks after the GBH.
Paul Trotman, defending, said his client, who cried so much during the hearing the judge offered to stop for a while, was very sorry for what he had done. He handed in a letter from Stanley’s mum which he said provided a background to his young life.
Urging the court to impose a suspended sentence, he said Stanley had the support of his family and girlfriend, adding he was “off the rails” at the time.
Jailing him, Recorder Jonathan Fuller QC said: “You have got a bad record for violence: convictions for battery and assault.
“The background appears to be your troubled background leading to your abuse of drugs and alcohol. That may explain it but it does not excuse what you did.
“This was an attack in a public place in the early hours of the morning on someone who was employed as a security guard.
“You used the bottle as a weapon and inflicted the injury. I have been asked to suspend the sentence: I can see absolutely no justification at all in suspending it.”