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Man left scarred for life after taking sip from wrong drink led to glass attack

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 09, 2014

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A MAN was scarred for life when he was glassed in a Burton town centre bar for mistakenly sipping someone else’s drink, a court heard.

Daniel Watts ‘saw red’ when Daniel Jones reached for his drink in the Goodridge, in Station Street, pouring it over him before striking him twice on the back of the head with the glass.

Stafford Crown Court heard that Mr Jones had simply mixed up the drinks at the bar in the popular haunt before being set upon.

The 25-year-old was jailed for two years over the brutal attack.

Mr Jones was left with two permanent scars to the side of his face, a two-inch scar behind his ear and another scar in front of it following the attack which happened on January 19.

Watts, who has a young daughter, told police he ‘thought (Mr Jones) had said something and just lost his temper’.

A ‘defenceless’ Mr Jones had bent down to pick some money up when he was struck.

Chris Bright, prosecuting, said: “Whatever may have been said between you when he made the mistake of sipping from your drink, it could never justify what you did. When he was bent over and defenceless, you struck him blows to the back of his head. They have caused permanent difficulties with scarring.

“(Mr Jones) feels that every time he goes out in Burton, he has to look over his shoulder. From the second blow you admit you admit you knew you had the broken glass in your hand.”

Watts, 25, of Rishworth Avenue, Rugeley, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

In a letter to the court he said he ‘felt sick’ about his actions, while he also apologised to his victim.

Darron Whitehead, defending, said: “Watts didn’t go out that night looking to get drunk or have a fight or get in trouble with the police. What he should have done was have a laugh, turn around and walk away.”

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