Man jailed after nightclub attack

James Thompson who was sentenced to five years jail for glassing Carl Warner in Deja Vu nightclub in Bury St Edmunds
James Thompson who was sentenced to five years jail for glassing Carl Warner in Deja Vu nightclub in Bury St Edmunds
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A MAN convicted of a ‘glassing’ attack inside a Bury St Edmunds nightclub has been jailed for five years.

The injury inflicted by James Thompson, which he claimed had been an accident, cost his victim an eye.

Thompson, 25, of Westley Road, Horringer, was convicted in June of assault causing grievous bodily harm.

Sentencing Thompson at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday, Judge John Holt said the unprovoked incident had been a ‘tragedy’ for both Thompson and his victim.

During the trial, the court heard how Thompson had inflicted a serious facial injury with a half pint glass and then sat astride Mr Warner punching him.

Mr Warner, 25, said he could remember being at the Deja Vu nightclub celebrating a friend’s birthday on March 13 last year. The next thing he knew was waking up in hospital covered in blood.

A door supervisor at the club told the jury how he had seen two men on the floor, one punching the other ‘really aggressively’.

Giving evidence, Thompson claimed that Mr Warner had collided with him, knocking him off his feet and denied having acted aggressively towards anyone.

Thompson, who worked for NHS Supply Chain organising deliveries to hospitals, said the incident, had been entirely an accident.

Richard Potts, in mitigation for Thompson, said testimonials handed into the court showed that his client was ‘thoroughly decent and well liked’ by anyone who came into contact with him regularly.

After the case, licensing officer Gary Pinyoun said staff at the club quickly intervened on the night and detained Thompson, and their accounts were vital in establishing what had happened and presenting this to the court.

The club and many others in Bury now used polycarbonate instead of glass which does not break or smash.