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Thug glassed man who had defended teen
A THUG who glassed a man in the face because he defended a wheelchair- bound teenager has been jailed for four years.
Sam Hodge, 31, had to have 15 stitches after the attack and is scarred for life.
His attacker, Joseph Elliott, 28, was only brought to justice after being identified by a member of the public in a television appeal on Crimewatch.
Basildon Crown Court heard Mark Watson, 19, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was enjoying a drink at the White Horse pub, in Southchurch Boulevard, Southend, on Tuesday, June 7 2011.
The teen is a regular there and was left at the bar alone by his pals as they went to the bank to get more cash.
While he was at the bar, he was approached by Elliott who was with a friend. The pair began mocking the disabled teen and making derogatory comments.
Several customers in the pub took exception to the nasty remarks and approached Mr Watson to ask if he was OK.
One even took the teen outside for a cigarette to get him away from the pair, but Elliott followed them out.
Mr Hodge was also in the pub that evening, enjoying a drink with friends.
Basildon Crown Court heard when Elliott returned to the bar, Mr Hodge approached him and asked in a “nonaggressive manner” what his problem was.
Without warning Elliott launched his “unprovoked” attack on Mr Hodge. He lunged at him with his beer glass with such force that the glass shattered on impact, embedding into the victim’s face and jaw.
Elliott then fled, leaving his victim bleeding from a 2in gash on his face.
Mr Hodge was taken to hospital where the wound was stitched.
Elliott was arrested in March and admitted the attack. However, he claimed he was drunk and felt threatened when approached by Mr Hodge.
Sentencing Elliott, Judge David Owen-Jones said it was “sad” to see Elliott – a man of previous good character – in the dock.
He said: “I’ve seen the CCTV and it was some lunge, with such force that the glass broke and the result was a 2in gash to the left side of his face.”
Elliott, of Mayfield Crescent, Enfield, admitted grievous bodily harm with intent.
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