Thug jailed after stabbing landlord
AFTER PREVIOUS ATTACK ON PASSER-BY OUTSIDE
A PUB landlord was stabbed by a drunken reveller after he asked him to leave because he thought he was on drugs.
Wesley Hayes, 22, is beginning a lengthy jail term after stabbing the man in the Silver Birch pub in Wythenshawe.
In a separate incident, he also launched a ‘brutal’ attack on a stranger who tried to intervene in an argument between Hayes and his partner while walking home, after leaving the same pub.
Now Hayes has been jailed for seven years and five months.
Manchester Crown Court heard that just after midnight on February 5, Hayes became involved in a drunken argument with his partner after leaving the pub, on Poundswick Lane. The victim, a 37-year-old man, noticed the argument and came over to try and help resolve the dispute.
But Hayes punched him, then continued to attack him as he lay on the floor. One police officer saw Hayes punch the man four times as he lay prone. The victim suffered a fractured skull, a fractured jaw and broken teeth and had to have a soft diet for six weeks.
Hayes, of Rathvale Drive, Wythenshawe, was released under investigation by police.
Then on April 1, Easter Sunday, Hayes was one of eight men who arrived at the Silver Birch pub just after 7pm.
Prosecuting, Henry Blackshaw said onlookers believed the group was behaving in an ‘intimidating manner’ as they entered the pub.
As they arrived, the two male landlords of the pub ‘formed the view that the defendant was under the influence of drugs,’ Mr Blackshaw said. Hayes denied being on drugs, but admitted he was drunk.
“It was decided between the two landlords they would ask the males to leave,” Mr Blackshaw said. The landlords were aware of the previous attack committed by Hayes and were concerned about possible reprisals in the pub.
When a landlord put his hand on Hayes’ shoulder to talk, the defendant stabbed him in the chest with a knife. He was taken to hospital and had surgery, but did not sustain damage to his organs.
Defending, Michael Brady said there was nothing in Hayes’ previous offending to ‘hint at such brutality.’ He said Hayes was suffering from unresolved issues and was drinking ‘far too much’ at the time.
Hayes, pleaded guilty to one count of section 20 assault, and another of wounding with intent.
Police outside the Silver Birch pub in Wythenshawe earlier this year