Attacker jailed for glassing a mourner

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A MOURNER was left scarred for life when a man glassed him after downing £100-worth of booze at a wake.

Drunken labourer Gavin Marsden used an ‘overarm cricket throw’ to smash a pint glass into peacemaker Andrew Charlotte’s face, a court heard.

The incident, captured on CCTV, happened at about 11pm after Marsden, 29, had been drinking lager and vodka since the early afternoon.

Recorder Tim Gittins, sitting at Sheffield Crown Court, said the attack was so serious he regarded Marsden a danger to the public – and sentenced him a six-year extended jail term.

Marsden, of Birk Green, Kendray, Barnsley, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent on November 21 last year.

The wake was taking place at Kendray Central Working Men’s Club following the funeral of David Grimshaw at Barnsley Crematorium.

Prosecutor Beverley Tait said Marsden had got so drunk he kept getting into arguments with other mourners and Mr Charlotte twice had to ask him to show more respect.

Marsden responded by breaking a glass and shoving it squarely into Mr Charlotte’s face with full force, and a struggle ensued before the police were called, she added.

Marsden said he took £100 to the wake and spent it all on booze.

The court heard he had a long record for violence.

Mr Charlotte has been left with a permanent scar under his right eye and he suffered other cuts.

Marsden was jailed for six years after being deemed a danger to the public.