Glass vase thug jailed after attack

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A Blackpool man who threw a glass vase at another man’s head in an unprovoked attack has been jailed for 18 months.

Craig Drinkwater struck out when an argument broke out about a friend losing a bank card.

But Preston Crown Court also heard that he then stayed with his injured victim afterwards until he knew he was going to be all right.

The 22-year-old, formerly of Bute Avenue, Blackpool, had pleaded guilty to an offence of unlawful wounding over what took place in May last year.

The violence arose at a flat on Burlington Road, in the 

Judith McCullough, prosecuting, said the defendant had been visiting a friend next door to the victim’s address.

Drinkwater was sober when he arrived, but had several drinks and became erratic, the court heard.

He got involved in an argument and then the wounding followed.

In his basis of plea, the defendant accepted having thrown a vase at the victim’s head which struck him and smashed.

During an argument he punched him once.

There had been a lot of blood and the defendant stayed there until he thought the man would be all right, the court heard.

The victim was left with a centimetre long cut to his right forearm and a half centimetre cut to his right hand.

Joe Hart, defending, said Drinkwater’s friend and someone else had gone to the flat next door.

There was an argument about a bank card and the defendant got involved.

The barrister said: “He is a young man who is struggling to grow up.

“He has been in and out of custody much of his young life. He has not had an easy upbringing.

“He has descended into drink and cannabis abuse. He has been in custody since the offence occurred – that is the longest continuous period he has had in custody.

“He has faced up to the fact he has problems with binge drinking. He is deeply ashamed of committing this offence.”


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