A businessman has been jailed for 18 months after becoming involved in an altercation at a bar in Guernsey, according to a local newspaper.
The Bailiwick Express reports that the Royal Court heard how Matthew Davies had been invited on a corporate trip as the guest of a company and, after a day of drinking, threw a pint glass at a man at the White Hart pub, resulting in injuries to the victim’s face.
The newspaper states that eye witnesses gave varying reports of both men grabbing each other’s shirts, and a staff member of the pub added that both men were being aggressive towards each other.
Davies allegedly initially told the police that he threw what at the time he referred to as a bottle across the bar in self-defence, but CCTV footage showed that this was not the case.
The prosecution also accused Davies of going on an “anti-Catholic rant,” which Davies denies.
The defence read an apology to the victim in court, reporting that Davies had suffered significant distress when reading the victim impact statement.
The Bailiwick Express says that the victim did not need an operation and the act did not result in physical changes. However, it continues, he was signed off work for 10 days and said that his injuries had affected his confidence and mental health. He added that he was most upset about his son’s reaction.
Judge Finch – the Baliwick Express reports – told Davies that he had purposefully aimed the glass and thrown it and had put other people at risk. Sentencing him to 18 months in Les Nicolles Prison, the judge said that this sort of violence is not tolerated in Guernsey.