A man threw a wine glass at his girlfriend hitting her in the face before biting another diner during a celebratory meal which ‘turned sour’. Michael Davey, 22, and his partner were dining at the Hyssop restaurant in Glossop after he had got a new job, and she got a job interview.
However, the pair began arguing, with Davey’s girlfriend acting ‘angry and volatile’ before leaving the restaurant, Minshull Street Crown Court heard. She then returned and was still ‘enraged’, a judge said.
Davey reacted violently by picking up a wine glass and throwing it, prosecutor Andrew Molloy said. He would later claim that his intention was to simply throw the glass, but it was hurled with such force that it hit his partner in his face causing numerous cuts.
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Other diners, whose nights were said to be ‘completely ruined’ by the couple’s behaviour, attempted to intervene to try and calm things down. One man who tried to restrain him was bitten on the thumb by Davey, which broke the skin and caused it to bleed.
“He had Hepatitis B injections and Tetanus injections which caused distress, anxiety and affected his mental health,” Mr Molloy said. Another man also received bruising to his arm from him during the melee.
His partner did not give a victim personal statement and was ‘reluctant to discuss what happened’ with the police. Davey was said to have no previous convictions or cautions recorded against him.
In mitigation, barrister Daniel Calder said Davey wished to apologize to his partner, the victims and all those present at the restaurant for his ‘dreadful and very frightening behaviour’. He said his client of him had experienced grief in his close family of him and he had experienced grief and trauma.
“Effort has been made to seek professional counseling to understand the underlying issues of his behaviour.” He said that Davey had moved to Manchester for a new job three years ago and was then offered a senior position at a new company, and so he and his girlfriend went out to celebrate.
“The couple were intending to celebrate, they both drank more than they should. He has not yet told his employers about the proceedings but his intention is to inform them, ”Mr Calder added.
Sentencing, Judge Bernadette Baxter said that the evening was supposed to be a ‘celebration for them both’ but for ‘reasons unclear the atmosphere turned sour’. “It must have been obvious to anyone who has listened to this case that this type of violence which escalated so quickly in a public place, a licensed premises, where alcohol was involved, crosses the custodial threshold.”
The judge said she felt able to suspend the sentence due to mitigating factors. Davey, of Stanyforth Street, Hadfield, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment which was suspended for two years, 25 days of rehabilitation activity requirements and a 90-day alcohol treatment programme. He must also pay £500 compensation to the victim who was bitten.
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