Chef scarred for life af­ter drunken thug threw glass at head

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Paul Beard Court Re­porter

ACHEF was scarred for life af­ter a drunken yob threw a pint glass at his head.

Ja­cob Cox also hurled a bar stool at Joe Adams af­ter he was or­dered out of a pub and restau­rant for dis­turb­ing cus­tomers.

A judge said the 22-year-old could have blinded the vic­tim and only good for­tune meant the glass did not hit him in the eye.

Cox launched the at­tack af­ter be­ing told to leave the Blue­bell restau­rant in High Street, Hen­ley-in-Arden, on Jan­uary 5.

But de­spite his “vi­cious and drunken tantrum,” he avoided be­ing jailed af­ter plead­ing guilty to as­sault and caus­ing crim­i­nal dam­age.

Cox, of Archer Drive, Soli­hull, was given a 12-month prison sen­tence, sus­pended for 18 months, with 130 hours of un­paid work at War­wick Crown Court.

Cox was also tagged, or­dered to obey an overnight cur­few for three months and pay Mr Adams a to­tal of £2,203 com­pen­sa­tion.

Aad­hithya An­ba­han, prose­cut­ing, said Cox was among a group asked by Mr Adams to leave over their “dis­rup­tive” be­hav­iour.

Cox ini­tially called the vic­tim, who is chef/owner of the Blue­bell, a “f***ing mup­pet” and then swept a num­ber of beer glasses from the bar, send­ing them smash­ing to the floor.

He then threw a glass he was hold­ing at Mr Adams, hit­ting him in the fore­head and caus­ing a 4cm wound just above his hair­line.

Still out of con­trol, Cox picked up a tall bar stool and hurled it in the di­rec­tion of Mr Adams, but it hit the beer pumps and came to rest on the bar. He re­trieved the stool and flung it for a sec­ond time to­wards the owner, this time hit­ting other beer pumps.

Miss An­ba­han said a pre­sen­tence re­port ob­served that Cox ap­peared to show “a lack of re­morse,” and a de­gree of try­ing to blame Mr Adams for what hap­pened

Ru­pert Jones, de­fend­ing, said Cox was of pre­vi­ous good char­ac­ter.

“He cer­tainly doesn’t at­tribute any blame to the land­lord. He recog­nises now that at the time he had no judg­ment what­so­ever, and that the vic­tim was sim­ply do­ing his duty as a li­censee,” said Mr Jones.

“He knows he is the only per­son re­spon­si­ble for the in­ci­dent.”

> Ja­cob Cox threw a bar stool and glass at a chef

> The Blue­bell in Hen­ley

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