Legal worker glassed man after pestering his friends with legal advice in Preston pub

A nuisance legal executive who kept interrupting a group of friends on a night out in Preston with ‘legal advice’ ended up glassing a 57-year-old when the annoyed group left the venue.

Saturday, 1st February 2020, 5:00 pm

Saul Benjamin Oyefoso, 25, of Nuttall Street, Accrington, is starting a 16 month jail sentence after admitting wounding victim Andrew Leniewski on August 9, 2018, and causing £500 damaging the takeaway window.

Preston Crown Court was told Mr Leniewski had been out with her daughter and some work colleagues in a pub on Church Street.

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When the group finally left, Oyefoso armed himself with a glass and a bottle and went after them into the street.

Fearing for their safety the complainant’s daughter remonstrated with him. When Mr Leniewski became involved, Oyefoso hurled the bottle but it missed and smashed the window of Sandos takeaway.

In the process the defendant’s mobile phone fell to the floor and Mr Leniewski reached out to pick it up.

Oyefoso threw the glass at him and it smashed against the back of his head, causing heavy bleeding.

His defence lawyer described Oyefoso, who has a child and partner, suffered a traumatic background, and said his boss was in court to support him.

Judge David Potter said: “On more than one occasion they asked you to leave them alone.

“They decided they’d had enough of you and therefore turned and left the pub to walk towards the direction of Manchester Road. You, fuelled with alcohol and at that stage in an aggressive manner, also left.

“You were carrying, up a public street, a glass and a bottle.

“It was a forceful throw at a relatively short distance, and the effect was it smashed against the back of his head, causing a nasty laceration that bled profusely immediately.

“It could have been, though fortunately it was not, a much more serious injury.”

Judge Potter said Oyefoso’s poor history of compliance with court orders, and previous violent offences on his record, meant his sentence could not be suspended.