A man who glassed a pub drinker in the face during a row over flower baskets has been found guilty of malicious wounding.
Rupert Rupert Brown, 45, of Priory Road, Hornsey, threw a glass at Carl Maude during a brawl at the Woodberry Tavern, in Seven Sisters Road, Tottenham, on June 30 last year.
The fight began when Brown’s girlfriend asked Mr Maude if he wanted buy hanging flower baskets. Mr Maude replied that she had stolen the baskets, at which point the woman brought in Brown to defend her.
One witness, who spoke from behind a curtain explained how the argument escalated: “He (Brown) was quite calm at first, but to seemed to be getting more agitated.”
The witness described how Brown threw a glass that hit Mr Maude in the face, “like a bullseye”. The jury was shown a picture taken that night showed the victim bleeding from cuts on his head and face.
During a police interview after the incident, Brown told an officer: “I’ve done nothing to this geezer.”
Defence barrister for Mr Brown, Andrew Jordan, said his client had thrown the glass in self defence, after being racially abused.
James Shepherd, for the prosecution, told Wood Green Crown Court: “Mr Brown says my client fell down stairs or slipped on a banana skin. But the Crown’s case is that Mr Brown caused injury to Mr Maude, armed with a glass. It was all intentional and unlawful.”
Brown was found guilty following the two day trial at Wood Green Crown Court last week and will be sentenced at the court on July 4.