A FORMER heroin addict who takes five prescription drugs a day to cope with mental health problems, smashed a glass into the face of a man who was trying to help him find a lost mobile phone.
Terry Charnock, 39, of Hatherton Court, Northgate Village, was jailed for 16 months.
He was celebrating his partner’s birthday at The Frog And Nightingale Pub in August last year when he realised he had lost his phone.
John Fellows was in the canal-side pub with his friend Samantha Oxford, an acquaintance of Charnock’s partner, and offered to phone the missing mobile to see if anyone could hear it ringing. They could not and there was no answer.
Misconstruing the message, Charnock, a former heroin addict and cocaine user, became irritated by Mr Fellows actions and went back inside the pub.
Later on, at about 2am, Charnock’s partner walked out the pub and aggressively said ‘he wants his phone today’ followed closely by Charnock.
Peter Hussey, prosecuting, said Mr Fellows realised the mood had changed and tried to back away. But Charnock l struck him in the face with a glass.
Charnock pleaded guilty to the assault which left Mr Fellows with bruising and cuts to the nose which needed gluing at The Countess Of Chester Hospital.
Paul Wood, defending, said: “He has never had alcohol issues but since this incident he has reduced his intake.”
Judge Nicholas Woodward said: “You made an unprovoked attack on him, hitting him in the face with a glass. Fortunately and very unusually the injuries were not very severe.”
Charnock was sentenced to 16 months in prison including one month to run alongside for breaching a two-year suspended sentence from 2006.