Lancaster man jailed for wedding attack

Jailed: Jason Short

Jailed: Jason Short

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A man who thrust a glass into his ex-partner’s face at his sister’s wedding has been jailed for five years.

Drunken Jason Short left victim Maureen Foster-Williams with a 6cm cut needing 18 stitches, and a broken nose, after striking her with a glass at the reception at the Trinkle club in Morecambe.

He had also punched out at a steward earlier during the reception, Preston Crown Court heard.

Short, 21, of Derby Road, Lancaster, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and common assault.

Preston Crown court heard he and his former partner were guests at Short’s sister’s wedding on July 12.

Nicola Gatto, prosecuting, said a commotion arose in the foyer.

CCTV footage showed Short arguing with a number of guests. One or two men and a woman tried to restrain him.

Maureen Foster-Williams tried to reason with him.

The defendant was ushered into a disabled toilet, with his father Russell, and the door left open. The victim then saw Short’s arm thrust out towards her.

The glass hit her on the forehead, causing her to topple over and fall backwards.

She was taken to accident and emergency for treatment.

The common assault involved him punching a steward to the face a short time earlier, leaving him with pains between his eyes..

Peter Horgan, defending, said that although Short had previous convictions for violence, none of them were against women. Both he and his former partner were guests at the wedding.

Passing sentence, Judge Jonathan Gibson told Short it appeared the defendant may have been aiming for somebody else during a drunken argument.

But he added: “Those who use glasses in arguments such as this to cause injury, particularly of this magnitude, can always expect custodial sentences.

“You were under the influence of alcohol.”