Chapel man admits glassing other drinker

A 41-year-old Chapel St Leonards man has admitted glassing a pool player following a bar row.

Jamie Newton, of Skegness Road, pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, told the magistrates that Newton was on a cocktail of drink and prescription drugs when he visited Miller’s Bar in the village on the evening of March 11.

His victim, Mark Williams, was reported to have confronted Newton for causing a ‘nuisance’ by talking to his girlfriend and asking people for money, drinks and cigarettes.

Mr Williams told Newton to leave his girlfriend alone before returning to his game of pool.

“He was leaning on the pool table when Mr Newton struck him on the head with his glass,” said Mr Wood.

Mr Williams suffered a one inch cut, which was glued together with butterfly stitches.

Newton then left Miller’s and visited Bar Wicked where he was apprehended in a blood stained T-shirt by police who had been given his description.

Mitigating, Andrea Wilkes for the defence explained that Newton regretted his behaviour.

“He is absolutely disgusted with himself,” she said,

“When he saw the CCTV he genuinely said that he was sick to the bottom of his stomach.”

Ms Wilkes explained that Newton had been staying with his mother after the break-up of his relationship in October last year. He was taking pain relief after a recent replacement operation but on the night in question was feeling more mobile and decided to go for a ‘quiet drink’ after taken unprescribed diazepam to ‘improve his pain relief’.

Although Newton admits he did hit Mr Williams with the glass, Ms Wilkes disputes the claims he had also been causing a nuisance.

“He was just sat there with someone else who seems to be enjoying his company,” she said, referring to the CCTV footage.”

Magistrates adjourned the hearing until June 7 for a presentence report to be prepared.

“We will look at all options of sentencing,” the chairman said.