Angry drunken student hit woman with glass in Gresford


Staff reporter (Chester First)

A WOMAN’S front tooth was knocked out when she was struck in the face with a glass.

Animal care student James Crawford, 23, acted in temper and said he went to throw the contents of his glass over Amy Goodwin at The Yew Tree pub in Gresford.

But he misjudged the distance between them and his glass struck her, although he had not intended that to happen, he claimed.

Crawford, of Springfield Lane, in Marford, admitted assaulting Miss Goodwin, causing her actual bodily harm, during the incident in June of last year.

He was jailed for 18 months yesterday.

Judge Niclas Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said that under the influence of alcohol and looking for trouble, he lost his temper – as he had done in the past.
He struck out at a female and the force of the blow flipped her head back.

“You had a glass in your hand and you knew that,” Mr Parry said.

The impact knocked out a front tooth, dislodged another and caused a cut lip.

Mr Parry said that the offence was seriously aggravated by his previous conviction for wounding.

Crawford only pleaded guilty on the day of trial.

“You need to understand that if you continue to act in this way, you will cause very serious injury,” he said.

Paulinus Barnes, prosecuting, said the victim and a friend had been having a good night and had been dancing at a Motown-themed evening. There was an argument between Crawford and her friend, Crawford was abusive towards him and pushed him.

“The two men were trading insults and Amy Goodwin stepped between them, holding her hand out,” he said.

She told Crawford to stop pushing her friend and to leave it.

But she then saw his hand coming towards her face.

“He was holding a glass in it and the glass struck her in the face, knocking her head backwards,” Mr Barnes said.

“She felt blood on her face and realised he had knocked a tooth out.”

The victim was taken to casualty and she was given painkillers.

Later that night, her friend received a text from Crawford saying “words cannot say how much I apologise.”

Interviewed, he denied he had struck her in the face and, when shown a photo of her injury, suggested she must have fallen over.

In a second interview, he said he had accidentally struck her in the face with the glass.

Henry Hills, defending, said Crawford did have previous convictions but he had been turning his life around.

He had studied animal care at Llysfasi College in Ruthin and was hoping to do an under-graduate zooolgy course.

He said his client did not intend the injury and alcohol and anger control were issues he needed to work on.

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