Man, 48, is jailed for 
vicious pub attack

The Waggon and Horses, Newmarket.
The Waggon and Horses, Newmarket.

A man has been locked up for nine years after slashing his victims’s face and body with a knife during a vicious attack in a Newmarket pub.

John Read, 48, of Willoway Park, Red Lodge, attacked victim Wayne Gill with a craft knife inside the Waggon and Horses, in High Street, in September last year, a court heard.

The victim suffered wounds to his cheek, mouth, shoulder and hand that required 21 stitches.

Read appeared at Ipswich Crown Court, where, at an earlier hearing, he had previously pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The court heard how there had been a history of animosity between the two men.

Martin Ivory, prosecuting, said Mr Gill had been in the pub when he saw a man with 
a gloved hand wielding a knife.

He told the court Read used the knife to slash at Mr Gill’s face as he picked up a stool in an attempt to defend himself.

The victim was later taken to hospital where doctors used 14 stitches to repair his cheek and more in his mouth.

Serious cuts to his hand could not be stitched because of where they were located, the court heard.

Hugh Vass, representing Read, said he had not left home armed with the knife with the intention of attacking Mr Gill, but had borrowed the weapon from a friend.

Mr Vass said Read had been remorseful and was anxious to take steps to change his future behaviour to avoid reoffending.

Sentencing Read to nine years in prison, Judge John Holt said he considered him to pose a “significant risk of serious harm” to members of the public.

Judge Holt said Read would remain on licence for five years when released from prison, meaning he could be recalled at any time if he was to commit another offence.