Victim needed 21 stitches after craft knife attack in pub

John Read
John Read

A man has been jailed for nine years for slashing another’s face with a craft knife in a vicious pub attack.

John Read, 48, of Willoway Park, Red Lodge, cut Wayne Gill’s cheek, mouth, shoulder and hand.

Mr Gill needed 21 stitches, Ipswich Crown Court heard on Tuesday.

Read had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Prosecuting, Martin Ivory said Mr Gill was in the Wagon and Horses pub in High Street, Newmarket in September last year when he heard and then saw a knife being wielded towards him by a man with a gloved hand.

Read used the knife to slash at Mr Gill’s face as the victim picked up a stool in an attempt to defend himself.

Mr Ivory said that Mr Read was taken to hospital where doctors used 14 stitches to repair the damage to his cheek and put five more into cuts in his mouth.

Serious cuts to Mr Gill’s hand could not be stitched because of where they were located.

Hugh Vass, appearing for Read, told the court that there was a history of animosity between the two men.

He said Read had not left his Red Lodge home armed with the knife with intention of attacking Mr Gill but had borrowed the weapon from a friend.

Mr Vass told the court Read was remorseful and was anxious to take steps to change his future behaviour to avoid reoffending.

Sentencing him to nine years imprisonment, Judge John Holt told Read that he considered him to pose a ‘significant risk of serious harm’ to other members of the public.

Judge Holt also told Read that he would remain on licence for five years after he is released from prison.

That means he can be recalled at any time if he reoffends during that period of time.