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Nine Years For Guildford Man Who Assaulted Pews Wine Bar Doorman

Published on: 4 Oct, 2012
Updated on: 12 Oct, 2012

Colin Burtenshaw sentenced to nine years for GBH

A 29-year-old Guildford man has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm and wounding with intent following an incident in which a doorman was attacked at a venue in the town.

Colin Burtenshaw of New Cross Road, Stoughton, appeared at Guildford Crown Court today (Thursday, October 4) where he was found guilty of the offence in which Chris Smith, the 28-year-old victim, suffered serious facial injuries after being struck with a pint glass in the face on December 9, 2011. Burtenshaw had previously pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of unlawful wounding.

Pews Wine Bar, Chapel Street, where the assault took place

The incident, which has left the employee of the town centre wine bar with life changing injuries, happened at the premise in Chapel Street on Friday, 9 December last year. The doorman had requested Burtenshaw leave the bar because of his unacceptable behaviour and as a direct result of this intervention was smashed in the face with a glass.

Detective Constable Russell Cannon investigating officer said: “The sentence reflects the severity of this totally unprovoked crime in which an employee who was carrying out his usual duties was lucky not to have lost an eye and was left with severe facial injuries, which have had a long term impact on his life.

“I hope the outcome of this trial demonstrates that Surrey Police will do everything possible to bring such violent offenders to justice to ensure our town centres are safe environments in which to enjoy a night out.”

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