A TAKEAWAY manager has told how a brave Blackpool chef died from a single punch to his head when he stepped in to stop an argument over a portion of chips.
Ricky Guest-Binns tragically lost his life after being attacked by Allan Glenny at Chicken Express on Caunce Street, central Blackpool.
Glenny, 24, of Clinton Avenue, Blackpool, yesterday admitted the manslaughter of the 44-year-old chef, who died after being punched and knocked out in the takeaway.
Those who knew Mr Guest-Binns, from Poulton, said it was typical of him to try to help calm things down.
Violence broke out after the victim, who worked at The Sands Venue on Blackpool Promenade, got involved in a row which erupted after Glenny demanded more cheese on his chips.
Takeaway manager Sherif Mohamed, who spoke to The Gazette after the attack, said: “I wish I could turn the clock back and close early that night.
“The attacker came in with two friends and asked for two burgers and one chips and cheese.
“I cooked the burger and chips and cheese and I gave them to the guy and he took them and sat down eating them.
“The attacker came back to the counter and he came across very aggressive.
“He was shouting and said put more cheese on my chips and melt it.
“I said OK and I put some cheese on and melted it and gave it back, and started serving the others.
“All the customers are my mates and have been friends for years and didn’t like the way this guy spoke to me. Apparently the victim was one of the people who told him off.
“I turned around and it happened in a minute. I saw the guy who had been attacked going backwards one step, three steps and then he fell on the floor.”
Glenny fled the takeaway after the attack, which happened around 1am on Saturday, May 5, while customers battled to save Mr Guest-Binns’ life.
Mr Mohamed added: “Two girls tried to help the guy on the floor and they were crying and crying for help and I really want to thank them for what they did.
“One rang the paramedic and took instructions over the phone.
“Everybody around him, including me, was helpless and didn’t know what to do.
“Everyone was panicking.
“We tried to do what we could but we had to wait for the paramedics.
“They tried to resuscitate him and the ambulance came and tried to give him oxygen and more resuscitation and then took him away.
“I want to send my condolences to the family of the man, it is really sad to see somebody like that.
“I’m 47 and I’ve never seen somebody fighting for their life.”
Mr Guest-Binns was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but died shortly after.
A post mortem examination later established his cause of death was a haemorrhage caused by a blow to the head area.
The owner of the Sands organisation, Peter Swann, said staff were devastated by the “tragic incident” and paid tribute to Ricky, who he described as a highly valued and well-liked member of the team.
He said: “It is typical of Ricky that he appeared to be trying to help resolve an issue when this terrible incident happened.
“He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.”
Glenny appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
He also admitted a second charge of common assault on another man on the same day, which happened on Milbourne Street when customers in the takeaway ran after Glenny.
Det Chief Insp Andrea Barrow said: “This was such a tragic and unnecessary loss of life which goes to highlight the potential dangers of drinking far too much alcohol and being oblivious to the consequences of your actions.
“Our thoughts remain with the family today and hope the fact that Allan Glenny has pleaded guilty will help them cope in some small way with their tragic loss although nothing anyone can do will ever bring Ricky back.”
Glenny was bailed and will be sentenced on September 10.