Thug jailed af­ter stab­bing land­lord

AF­TER PRE­VI­OUS AT­TACK ON PASSER-BY OUT­SIDE

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By AN­DREW BARDSLEY @MENnews­desk

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

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