Five year prison sentence for welder who glassed drinker in Willington

The Northern Echo: JAILED: Peter Preston will start a 5 year sentence behind bars JAILED: Peter Preston will start a 5 year sentence behind bars

A WELDER who glassed another man in a Boxing Day pub assault was tonight (Thursday, November 8) starting a lengthy prison sentence.

Peter Preston, 31, seriously injured Wayne Moss in the unprovoked attack at the King's Head in Willington, near Crook, County Durham.

He denied a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent but was convicted after a two-day trial at Teesside Crown Court in July.

Preston, of Hall Lane Estate, Willington, was jailed for five years by Recorder Michael Slater, who heard he still denies the offence.

The judge told him the sentence would have been longer had his victim not made such a good recovery from his sight-threatening injuries.

Mr Moss suffered two fractures to his face and nine cuts which needed 17 stitches after being struck by father-of-four Preston in a toilet corridor.

Preston insisted the wounds were inflicted during a “stampede” by others – including the victim's friends and door staff – to pull the two men apart.

His lawyer, Robert Mochrie, told the court: “This has clearly had a negative impact on Mr Preston's children and it is they who will suffer.

“It is still very much the case he denies he acted unlawfully and denies he used a bottle or glass or any other object to strike the complainant.

“Prior to his remand in custody, he was very much a family man, living with his wife and four children. He was working.”

Preston was remanded in custody following his conviction, but pleaded with Mr Recorder Slater: “I need to say goodbye to my children.”

The judge told him today that it was difficult to know which version of events from witnesses was the true one from December 26.

One claimed Mr Moss was smashed in the face with a bottle after he had been shoved over and as Preston pinned his arms down with his knees.

Another witness said the victim was bottled or glassed first and then repeatedly punched as he lay unconscious on the floor of the pub.

He told the court: “He was hitting him with clenched fists as though he wanted to kill him. I thought he was dead. There was blood everywhere.”

Mr Recorder Slater said: “I regard the complainant as having made a substantial recovery from his injuries, therefore, the sentence is not as long as it could have been had the injury been more long-lasting and significant.

“Happily, it would appear his injuries are now largely resolved in that respect, and he is not in any danger of losing an eye.”

The prosecution case was that Preston “without warning” smashed a bottle in the other man's face and repeatedly punched his as he was unconscious.

He was said to have blown kisses and made “a slashing motion” with his fingers across his throat as he was led away after the attack was stopped.

In an interview, he told police said he had drunk more than ten pints and was “merry” when he bumped into someone as he came out of the pub toilets.

He said he apologised and when he thought he was going to be head-butted, grabbed the other man in a bear-hug and pulled him to the floor.

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9:30am Fri 9 Nov 12

greenfinger says...

i hope his kids have a nice christmas and merry new year. maybe the mrs will have to move someone in to pay for it all. enjoy your porridge!.
i hope his kids have a nice christmas and merry new year. maybe the mrs will have to move someone in to pay for it all. enjoy your porridge!. greenfinger

10:54am Fri 9 Nov 12

linz225 says...

to greenfingers his mrs does not need to move anybody in i am mrs preston and i do not need anybody to pay for anything as i work and our children will have a lovely christmas and new year as they know the truth about there dad which is something you do not i was there that night you were not..so therefore keep opions to yourself.
to greenfingers his mrs does not need to move anybody in i am mrs preston and i do not need anybody to pay for anything as i work and our children will have a lovely christmas and new year as they know the truth about there dad which is something you do not i was there that night you were not..so therefore keep opions to yourself. linz225

3:09pm Fri 9 Nov 12

linz225 says...

loves how people still believe everything they read in the paper...bad mouthing people they know nothing about god forbid u or someone you know gets put away based on lies...
loves how people still believe everything they read in the paper...bad mouthing people they know nothing about god forbid u or someone you know gets put away based on lies... linz225

4:23pm Fri 9 Nov 12

mancgirl123 says...

Sad little people that jump to conclusions and make vile comments involving innocent children. shows how under educated and cotton candy lives you people have, unless you were there that night how can you know for sure what happened. Ever been to a trial? didnt think so as you would know prosecuting barristers make everything worse than it was and is and snippets of what they say are taken out of there context and put on things like this and then goons like you guys read it and make the worst assumptions you can. lets hope nothing terrible happens to you and your wrongly convicted.
Sad little people that jump to conclusions and make vile comments involving innocent children. shows how under educated and cotton candy lives you people have, unless you were there that night how can you know for sure what happened. Ever been to a trial? didnt think so as you would know prosecuting barristers make everything worse than it was and is and snippets of what they say are taken out of there context and put on things like this and then goons like you guys read it and make the worst assumptions you can. lets hope nothing terrible happens to you and your wrongly convicted. mancgirl123

6:58pm Fri 9 Nov 12

wm2985 says...

One word justice
One word justice wm2985

10:16pm Fri 9 Nov 12

boxtie says...

linz225... "loves how people still believe everything they read in the paper...bad mouthing people they know nothing about god forbid u or someone you know gets put away based on lies "

he has been tried in a court of law in front of his peers....they have heard all of the evidence..both for and against him.........and they decided that he is guilty...simples....
...it is the only system we have......so ah reckon, on balance, he has come out of it well........only 5 years......ought to have been 8 - 10..cheers
linz225... "loves how people still believe everything they read in the paper...bad mouthing people they know nothing about god forbid u or someone you know gets put away based on lies " he has been tried in a court of law in front of his peers....they have heard all of the evidence..both for and against him.........and they decided that he is guilty...simples.... ...it is the only system we have......so ah reckon, on balance, he has come out of it well........only 5 years......ought to have been 8 - 10..cheers boxtie

10:18pm Fri 9 Nov 12

vercingetorix says...

there are no winners here only losers
there are no winners here only losers vercingetorix

11:01pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Dean M says...

Hey boxtie,

It IS the only system we have.....and it is a sh1t system. The guy was only trying to protect himself and calm the situation down. But prosecutors are paid by the taxpayer to prosecute. So they say what they have to, to get a conviction. The truth doesn't come into it. And the papers report what comes out in court - a load of sh1t.
Hey boxtie, It IS the only system we have.....and it is a sh1t system. The guy was only trying to protect himself and calm the situation down. But prosecutors are paid by the taxpayer to prosecute. So they say what they have to, to get a conviction. The truth doesn't come into it. And the papers report what comes out in court - a load of sh1t. Dean M

11:15pm Fri 9 Nov 12

jmc1970 says...

wm2985 - take it your the "victim"!!
wm2985 - take it your the "victim"!! jmc1970

12:01am Sat 10 Nov 12

linz225 says...

hey boxtie ....he has been tried in a court of law in front of his peers....they have heard all of the evidence..both for and against him.........and they decided that he is guilty...simples....

...it is the only system we have......so ah reckon, on balance, he has come out of it well........only 5 years......ought to have been 8 - 10..cheers...

yes he was tried in court of law and we proved the 'victim' lied so we are entitled to appeal as we have grounds so pipe down n watch this space.....sad ****
hey boxtie ....he has been tried in a court of law in front of his peers....they have heard all of the evidence..both for and against him.........and they decided that he is guilty...simples.... ...it is the only system we have......so ah reckon, on balance, he has come out of it well........only 5 years......ought to have been 8 - 10..cheers... yes he was tried in court of law and we proved the 'victim' lied so we are entitled to appeal as we have grounds so pipe down n watch this space.....sad **** linz225

6:41am Sat 10 Nov 12

correctamundo says...

This article goes to show how the papers get it all wrong....

The Kings Head Pub is actually in Crook & Peter is from Willington.
This article goes to show how the papers get it all wrong.... The Kings Head Pub is actually in Crook & Peter is from Willington. correctamundo

8:27am Sat 10 Nov 12

Mr A says...

He was judged by his peers a jury of 12 strangers who had nothing personal against this defendant yet they found him guilty of a nasty vicious crime.

The general public do not want dangerous people like this on our streets.

Thank you judge for putting this piece of garbage away.

His fellow inmates will appreciate the fresh meat for Christmas.
He was judged by his peers a jury of 12 strangers who had nothing personal against this defendant yet they found him guilty of a nasty vicious crime. The general public do not want dangerous people like this on our streets. Thank you judge for putting this piece of garbage away. His fellow inmates will appreciate the fresh meat for Christmas. Mr A

11:19am Sat 10 Nov 12

the-big-yin says...

linz225 wrote:
to greenfingers his mrs does not need to move anybody in i am mrs preston and i do not need anybody to pay for anything as i work and our children will have a lovely christmas and new year as they know the truth about there dad which is something you do not i was there that night you were not..so therefore keep opions to yourself.
well said they do not know what really happened and how many lies were told.....he-s a good lad...chris.p...
[quote][p][bold]linz225[/bold] wrote: to greenfingers his mrs does not need to move anybody in i am mrs preston and i do not need anybody to pay for anything as i work and our children will have a lovely christmas and new year as they know the truth about there dad which is something you do not i was there that night you were not..so therefore keep opions to yourself.[/p][/quote]well said they do not know what really happened and how many lies were told.....he-s a good lad...chris.p... the-big-yin

11:23am Sat 10 Nov 12

the-big-yin says...

boxtie wrote:
linz225... "loves how people still believe everything they read in the paper...bad mouthing people they know nothing about god forbid u or someone you know gets put away based on lies "

he has been tried in a court of law in front of his peers....they have heard all of the evidence..both for and against him.........and they decided that he is guilty...simples....

...it is the only system we have......so ah reckon, on balance, he has come out of it well........only 5 years......ought to have been 8 - 10..cheers
i was recently at a murder trial where the father of my wifes 2 children was killed by christopher morgan....he got 6 and a half years for manslaughter as the jury believed he did not mean to kill him by jumping on his head and booting him in the head...this jury system is flawed.....
[quote][p][bold]boxtie[/bold] wrote: linz225... "loves how people still believe everything they read in the paper...bad mouthing people they know nothing about god forbid u or someone you know gets put away based on lies " he has been tried in a court of law in front of his peers....they have heard all of the evidence..both for and against him.........and they decided that he is guilty...simples.... ...it is the only system we have......so ah reckon, on balance, he has come out of it well........only 5 years......ought to have been 8 - 10..cheers[/p][/quote]i was recently at a murder trial where the father of my wifes 2 children was killed by christopher morgan....he got 6 and a half years for manslaughter as the jury believed he did not mean to kill him by jumping on his head and booting him in the head...this jury system is flawed..... the-big-yin

11:25am Sat 10 Nov 12

the-big-yin says...

jmc1970 wrote:
wm2985 - take it your the "victim"!!
can you tell it is....you got what you deserved...you started the trouble...
[quote][p][bold]jmc1970[/bold] wrote: wm2985 - take it your the "victim"!![/p][/quote]can you tell it is....you got what you deserved...you started the trouble... the-big-yin

6:44pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Sick As A Pig says...

Do people still believe what is in the papers ? If you do then your a fool, just like Greenfingers and his silly uncalled for comments.
To the wife and family, I do hope you all can get over this as your lives have been turned upside down too, your also victims of a busy body country what loves to put their oar in without knowing facts. Newspapers can print what they deem fit, they dont care about feelings and in some cases the truth, I for one NEVER judge any one. Your lives will eventually return to normal. Trust me on that, Ive been there.
Do people still believe what is in the papers ? If you do then your a fool, just like Greenfingers and his silly uncalled for comments. To the wife and family, I do hope you all can get over this as your lives have been turned upside down too, your also victims of a busy body country what loves to put their oar in without knowing facts. Newspapers can print what they deem fit, they dont care about feelings and in some cases the truth, I for one NEVER judge any one. Your lives will eventually return to normal. Trust me on that, Ive been there. Sick As A Pig

6:52pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Sick As A Pig says...

Mr A wrote:
He was judged by his peers a jury of 12 strangers who had nothing personal against this defendant yet they found him guilty of a nasty vicious crime.

The general public do not want dangerous people like this on our streets.

Thank you judge for putting this piece of garbage away.

His fellow inmates will appreciate the fresh meat for Christmas.
Juries, dont make me laugh. A jury is made up from 12 members of the public who 99.9% of the time have had NO training in the Law of this country. A trial judge however HAS, therefore it should be left to the Judge and in my opinion they need to stop letting normal folk make such important decisions that can reflect on someones life so massively. Juries DO get it wrong, they lack the knowledge.
[quote][p][bold]Mr A[/bold] wrote: He was judged by his peers a jury of 12 strangers who had nothing personal against this defendant yet they found him guilty of a nasty vicious crime. The general public do not want dangerous people like this on our streets. Thank you judge for putting this piece of garbage away. His fellow inmates will appreciate the fresh meat for Christmas.[/p][/quote]Juries, dont make me laugh. A jury is made up from 12 members of the public who 99.9% of the time have had NO training in the Law of this country. A trial judge however HAS, therefore it should be left to the Judge and in my opinion they need to stop letting normal folk make such important decisions that can reflect on someones life so massively. Juries DO get it wrong, they lack the knowledge. Sick As A Pig

7:19pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Daza says...

Just shows you what society has degenerated into when you read so many comments supporting this violent thug!

I hope it is a long drawn out sentence for him!

Sad thing is he'll get fed etc on Xmas Day unlike a lot of people in this country!
Just shows you what society has degenerated into when you read so many comments supporting this violent thug! I hope it is a long drawn out sentence for him! Sad thing is he'll get fed etc on Xmas Day unlike a lot of people in this country! Daza

3:02am Sun 11 Nov 12

Nufc75 says...

Does the fact that this lad has maintained a not guilty plea throughout all of this not speak volumes...?He could of quite easily pleaded guilty and got a much lighter sentence for doing so,and been spared the ordeal of going to trial.Its obvious to see an innocent man has gone to prison.
Does the fact that this lad has maintained a not guilty plea throughout all of this not speak volumes...?He could of quite easily pleaded guilty and got a much lighter sentence for doing so,and been spared the ordeal of going to trial.Its obvious to see an innocent man has gone to prison. Nufc75

8:25am Mon 12 Nov 12

Liamsm says...

A WELDER who glassed another man in a Boxing Day pub assault was tonight (Thursday, November 8) starting a lengthy prison sentence. Do I need to read anymore? No.......how can this numb idiots friends and family plead his innocence?!? He glassed someone end of so stop blaming the jury, the courts and the comments on here!! Self defence....my arse, u use ur hands to defend yourself!! I feel sorry for his kids and only his kids.
A WELDER who glassed another man in a Boxing Day pub assault was tonight (Thursday, November 8) starting a lengthy prison sentence. Do I need to read anymore? No.......how can this numb idiots friends and family plead his innocence?!? He glassed someone end of so stop blaming the jury, the courts and the comments on here!! Self defence....my arse, u use ur hands to defend yourself!! I feel sorry for his kids and only his kids. Liamsm

8:41am Mon 12 Nov 12

A.Smith 71 says...

Lets look at this from another stand point Mr Preston has previous for violence and drugs so this would of been taken into consideration both at the time of the trial and the sentence.

How can a violent drug taking man be a sound person who just so happens to glass someone when he was trying to stop trouble? would you not normally drop what your holding when you try to stop something unless you had a more sinister reason to retain hold of the item!?!

Now in the past I have agreed with you the-big-yin when it comes to football stuff but on this occasion I must revert back to your past and say your no angel and really have no place to pull a jury down just because you have been the wrong side of the fence Christmas day!!

Nufc75 the reason not guilty is there is so that you can claim innocence until proven guilty in a court of law and at times guilty people have maintained a not guilty plea and gotten away with it.
Lets look at this from another stand point Mr Preston has previous for violence and drugs so this would of been taken into consideration both at the time of the trial and the sentence. How can a violent drug taking man be a sound person who just so happens to glass someone when he was trying to stop trouble? would you not normally drop what your holding when you try to stop something unless you had a more sinister reason to retain hold of the item!?! Now in the past I have agreed with you the-big-yin when it comes to football stuff but on this occasion I must revert back to your past and say your no angel and really have no place to pull a jury down just because you have been the wrong side of the fence Christmas day!! Nufc75 the reason not guilty is there is so that you can claim innocence until proven guilty in a court of law and at times guilty people have maintained a not guilty plea and gotten away with it. A.Smith 71

12:28pm Mon 12 Nov 12

fixthecouncil says...

A.Smith 71 wrote:
Lets look at this from another stand point Mr Preston has previous for violence and drugs so this would of been taken into consideration both at the time of the trial and the sentence.

How can a violent drug taking man be a sound person who just so happens to glass someone when he was trying to stop trouble? would you not normally drop what your holding when you try to stop something unless you had a more sinister reason to retain hold of the item!?!

Now in the past I have agreed with you the-big-yin when it comes to football stuff but on this occasion I must revert back to your past and say your no angel and really have no place to pull a jury down just because you have been the wrong side of the fence Christmas day!!

Nufc75 the reason not guilty is there is so that you can claim innocence until proven guilty in a court of law and at times guilty people have maintained a not guilty plea and gotten away with it.
l.o.l.
[quote][p][bold]A.Smith 71[/bold] wrote: Lets look at this from another stand point Mr Preston has previous for violence and drugs so this would of been taken into consideration both at the time of the trial and the sentence. How can a violent drug taking man be a sound person who just so happens to glass someone when he was trying to stop trouble? would you not normally drop what your holding when you try to stop something unless you had a more sinister reason to retain hold of the item!?! Now in the past I have agreed with you the-big-yin when it comes to football stuff but on this occasion I must revert back to your past and say your no angel and really have no place to pull a jury down just because you have been the wrong side of the fence Christmas day!! Nufc75 the reason not guilty is there is so that you can claim innocence until proven guilty in a court of law and at times guilty people have maintained a not guilty plea and gotten away with it.[/p][/quote]l.o.l. fixthecouncil

4:22pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Homshaw1 says...

This is one thing muslims have got right.

They should ban alcohol it causes too many problems.

I used to play darts in the Kings Head when I was younger. We drunk too much but there was no bother. Crook has turned into a ****hole

A jury doesn't need to be legally qualified. It simply decides on the facts whether he is innocent or guilty. I can't think of an alternative

If you are saying the prosecutors twisted the situation the defense lawyers should have no trouble exposing the truth.

The fact that the guy had previous would not have been known to the jury.

For such a violent attack the sentence is far too lenient. It is up too him to think of his wife and kids before he carries out such actions

The only people I feel sorry for is the guy who is scarred for life and the tax payer who picks up the bill.
This is one thing muslims have got right. They should ban alcohol it causes too many problems. I used to play darts in the Kings Head when I was younger. We drunk too much but there was no bother. Crook has turned into a ****hole A jury doesn't need to be legally qualified. It simply decides on the facts whether he is innocent or guilty. I can't think of an alternative If you are saying the prosecutors twisted the situation the defense lawyers should have no trouble exposing the truth. The fact that the guy had previous would not have been known to the jury. For such a violent attack the sentence is far too lenient. It is up too him to think of his wife and kids before he carries out such actions The only people I feel sorry for is the guy who is scarred for life and the tax payer who picks up the bill. Homshaw1

4:31pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Homshaw1 says...

This is one thing muslims have got right.

They should ban alcohol it causes too many problems.

I used to play darts in the Kings Head when I was younger. We drunk too much but there was no bother. Crook has turned into a ****hole

A jury doesn't need to be legally qualified. It simply decides on the facts whether he is innocent or guilty. I can't think of an alternative

If you are saying the prosecutors twisted the situation the defense lawyers should have no trouble exposing the truth.

The fact that the guy had previous would not have been known to the jury.

For such a violent attack the sentence is far too lenient. It is up too him to think of his wife and kids before he carries out such actions

The only people I feel sorry for is the guy who is scarred for life and the tax payer who picks up the bill.
This is one thing muslims have got right. They should ban alcohol it causes too many problems. I used to play darts in the Kings Head when I was younger. We drunk too much but there was no bother. Crook has turned into a ****hole A jury doesn't need to be legally qualified. It simply decides on the facts whether he is innocent or guilty. I can't think of an alternative If you are saying the prosecutors twisted the situation the defense lawyers should have no trouble exposing the truth. The fact that the guy had previous would not have been known to the jury. For such a violent attack the sentence is far too lenient. It is up too him to think of his wife and kids before he carries out such actions The only people I feel sorry for is the guy who is scarred for life and the tax payer who picks up the bill. Homshaw1

4:57pm Mon 12 Nov 12

greenfinger says...

nufc said.

"Does the fact that this lad has maintained a not guilty plea throughout all of this not speak volumes...?He could of quite easily pleaded guilty and got a much lighter sentence for doing so,and been spared the ordeal of going to trial.Its obvious to see an innocent man has gone to prison."

you it goes to show the man is almost as numb as he looks in the above photo.

hows he getting on, settling in well?
nufc said. "Does the fact that this lad has maintained a not guilty plea throughout all of this not speak volumes...?He could of quite easily pleaded guilty and got a much lighter sentence for doing so,and been spared the ordeal of going to trial.Its obvious to see an innocent man has gone to prison." you it goes to show the man is almost as numb as he looks in the above photo. hows he getting on, settling in well? greenfinger

7:20am Tue 13 Nov 12

Trevorjordache says...

Glass = coward .

5 years is a long time , she'll shack up with one of his mates by then .

Watch out for them doing the polygraph on Jeremy Kyle in 2017.
Glass = coward . 5 years is a long time , she'll shack up with one of his mates by then . Watch out for them doing the polygraph on Jeremy Kyle in 2017. Trevorjordache

11:44am Tue 13 Nov 12

Daza says...

He's obviously had a very poor defence lawyer didn't he!
He's obviously had a very poor defence lawyer didn't he! Daza

6:52pm Tue 13 Nov 12

drainman says...

linz225 wrote:
to greenfingers his mrs does not need to move anybody in i am mrs preston and i do not need anybody to pay for anything as i work and our children will have a lovely christmas and new year as they know the truth about there dad which is something you do not i was there that night you were not..so therefore keep opions to yourself.
I really don't think it's right for anyone to say anything derogitery towards his partner, i think she'll be finding it hard enough without underhand comments. I hope she copes well and that the kids do not struggle too much without there father.
[quote][p][bold]linz225[/bold] wrote: to greenfingers his mrs does not need to move anybody in i am mrs preston and i do not need anybody to pay for anything as i work and our children will have a lovely christmas and new year as they know the truth about there dad which is something you do not i was there that night you were not..so therefore keep opions to yourself.[/p][/quote]I really don't think it's right for anyone to say anything derogitery towards his partner, i think she'll be finding it hard enough without underhand comments. I hope she copes well and that the kids do not struggle too much without there father. drainman

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