Exeter Court Service
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Drainage worker faces lengthy prison term for assault on pub bouncer.
A drainage engineer has been warned he faces a jail sentence after he admitted wounding a pub bouncer in Honiton on New Year’s Eve.
Christopher Brown, 28, pleaded guilty to wounding doorman Craig Heard with intent to do grievous bodily harm when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.
Drainage worker Brown, of Broadfields, Exeter, was released on bail by Recorder Mr Frank Abbot but warned he faced a lengthy jail sentence. He was told not to enter Honiton as a condition of his bail.
Mr Heard suffered a cut to his upper neck and lower jaw when he was hit with a bottle or glass while working at the Orange Tree pub in Honiton in the early hours of New Year’s Day this year.
Mr Robert Duval, defending, said Brown has accepted responsibility on the basis that he intended to cause serious injury when he swung the glass or bottle.
He asked for the case to be adjourned for the preparation of pre sentence reports by the probation service and sentencing was set for December 4.
Mr Duval said: “There is only one sentence that can be imposed but my client is quite a complicated individual with a quite a complex history.
“He has a history of alcohol abuse and of depression and there is some complicated background of events involving his family.
“The sentencing guidelines suggest four to six years after a trial. He is currently in employment with a drain clearing company and has a stable address at a shared house.”
The recorder told him: “As you have been told, you must expect a custodial sentence. If you are in employment up until that time it will something in your favour.
“You are likely to receive a reasonably substantial sentence because it is governed by guidelines and it is not easy to go outside them bearing in mind the nature of this offence.”