Teenager blinded in Ash Bank glass revenge attack
A FATHER has been jailed after he glassed a teenager on New Year's Day and left him partly blind in one eye.
Sam Cookson had drunk about 10 pints when he threw his pint glass into the face of Jonathan Bagworth outside the Ash Bank Hotel in Ash Bank in the early hours of January 1 last year.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday heard Cookson, aged 25, knew his 19-year-old victim and they had spoken amicably earlier in the evening.
But at about 12.45am they both went to break up a fight outside the pub and Mr Bagworth perceived Cookson's actions to be unhelpful and hit the defendant in the face, knocking him to the floor.
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Mr Bagworth decided to leave the area but Cookson was intent on revenge and he crossed the road and approached the teenager with a glass in his hand.
Prosecutor David Bennett said: "The defendant either threw a pint glass or leaned over and struck him with it. It smashed."
Mr Bagworth was taken to hospital with serious injuries to his left eye and nose, which required a CT scan and X-rays.
The court heard he has been left with a 20 per cent to 25 per cent loss of vision in his left eye.
Cookson, of Campbell Road, Stoke, pleaded guilty to wounding.
Delroy Henry, mitigating, conceded the offence passed the custody threshold.
"It is another sad example of what happens when individuals drink to excess and do not think of the consequences of their actions," said Mr Henry.
But he said there was no likelihood of Cookson re-offending and asked Judge Paul Glenn to step back from passing an immediate prison sentence.
Mr Henry said: "He was a peacekeeper, he himself was the victim of an assault. If he had just left it there and gone home we would not be here today. He lost his temper."
But the judge said the offence was so serious only an immediate custodial sentence could begin to be justified and he jailed Cookson for 27 months.
Judge Glenn said: "Both the complainant and you had consumed a good deal of alcohol, you accept about 10 pints on your part.
"You both got involved in breaking up what had started out as a play fight between other people and had got out of hand.
"Breaking up the fight Mr Bagworth perceived your actions as unhelpful. He accepts he punched you and got you to the floor. After that he left to avoid further trouble. But you were intent on further trouble. You crossed the road.
"Another female got between the two of you to separate you.
"You threw your pint glass in an overarm action from point blank range into his face. It smashed on impact and caused very significant injuries.
"That young man has required a number of operations on his eye.
"The most recent prognosis is that even after further laser treatment there will be a 20 to 25 per cent loss of permanent vision in his left eye. He has suffered emotionally and psychologically as well."