Wedding guest ‘could have been killed’ in glass attack by bride’s brother

Matthew Hudson, 22, Ash Lane, Kirkham, jailed for three and a half years after glassing Mark Bennett at his sister's wedding in Wrea Green.
Matthew Hudson, 22, Ash Lane, Kirkham, jailed for three and a half years after glassing Mark Bennett at his sister's wedding in Wrea Green.
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A WEDDING guest who was glassed by the brother of the bride was lucky to survive the attack, a court heard.

Plasterer Matthew Hudson, 22, cried as he was led to the cells to start a three-and-a-half-year jail term for the vicious attack on Mark Bennett at his sister’s wedding.

Both men were among guests who had been enjoying the celebrations for Brett and Chantelle Gregson, in a marquee set up in the grounds of the groom’s parents’ farm in Brown’s Lane, Wrea Green, near Kirkham.

But when Mr Bennett - a friend of the groom - left the party to walk home, Hudson went after him and attacked him with a glass, causing him life-threatening neck injuries

The injured guest returned to the marquee where partygoers were horrified to see him bleeding heavily from his wound. Two guests, who were trained medics, took over the first aid while the emergency services rushed to the scene.

Hudson was arrested and Mr Bennet was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where he received emergency surgery for his injuries.

He has made a full physical recovery but has been left with raised scarring and the attack has had a serious impact on his social life, work and confidence.

Hudson, of Ash Lane, Kirkham, was convicted of unlawful wounding after denying a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Judge Stuart Baker, sentencing, said: “Quite why you behaved in the way you did, no-one is ever likely to know.

“He (Mr Bennett), like you, realises how close he came to losing his life. He is troubled at night about the events that occurred and can’t fully understand why it happened.

“This incident occurred at what should have been an extremely happy and pleasant event.”