Botley glassing victim relives horror at Southampton Crown Court

Ryan Prendergast

Ryan Prendergast

First published in Crime Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

A FATHER-of-three told a court how he had been left scarred for life when he was glassed while celebrating a friend’s wedding.

Jonathon Cooper told jurors he had been with his wife and children at the reception at the Kings Restaurant in Botley.

He said that after his children had been taken home by relatives he was making his way across the room when he walked past Ryan Prendergast, who reached out and twisted his nipples for no apparent reason.

Though shocked, he did not confront him and returned to his seat. At the end of the night Mr Cooper went outside to see if his father-in-law had arrived to pick up him and his wife, when he again saw Prendergast and asked him about the earlier incident.

He said when he repeated the question Prendergast became very aggressive and started swearing.

After a bit of pushing, Prendergast swung his right hand out at him while holding a glass, which connected with his left cheek.

CCTV footage showed the defendant running from the scene while other guests gave first aid to Mr Cooper, who needed surgery to repair three deep gashes across his face, one of which ran from his ear to his chin.

“One of the first things the consultant said to me was that I would be scarred and that I would be scarred for life,” said Mr Cooper.

His wife, Lyndsey, said she got between the pair and told Prendergast to calm down as it was a wedding.

Weeping, she described how Prendergast struck her husband in the face.

She said: “It was hard, there was a real crunching sound. He put his hand up to his face and said ‘he’s cut me’. The man then ran off.”

Prendergast, 29, of Winchester Road, Waltham Chase, denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent but jurors took less than an hour to convict him.

Judge Peter Ralls QC directed the probation service to address the question of dangerousness in its report, remanding Prendergast in custody pending sentence next month.

Prendergast, who is a cousin of the bride, admitted he had tweaked Mr Cooper’s nipples as he and his wife tried to pass him on stairs.

He said: “It was a jokey thing to do to make the situation lighter. In retrospect, I shouldn’t have done it. There was no malice.”

He said he felt nervous when Mr Cooper saw him later. He claimed Mr Cooper grabbed him and he tried to pull away.

When shown a photo of Mr Cooper’s injuries, Prendergast began crying and said: “I don’t want to look at it. It’s terrible.

“I didn’t intend to cause those injuries.”

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2:41pm Mon 1 Oct 12

arthur dalyrimple says...

ten years .
ten years . arthur dalyrimple
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2:56pm Mon 1 Oct 12

SotonLad says...

Shame he felt he had to confront him in the car park at the end of the night.
Shame he felt he had to confront him in the car park at the end of the night. SotonLad
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3:50pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Shoong says...

SotonLad wrote:
Shame he felt he had to confront him in the car park at the end of the night.
Doesn't say 'confront' it says 'asked'. Of course, that's makes it ok to glass him doesn't it you twonk.
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: Shame he felt he had to confront him in the car park at the end of the night.[/p][/quote]Doesn't say 'confront' it says 'asked'. Of course, that's makes it ok to glass him doesn't it you twonk. Shoong
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3:50pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Home Rule for England says...

People found gulity of violent crimes should get long sentences with hard labour. Let them spend the next ten years breaking up rocks six days a week! Might think twice about doing it again!
People found gulity of violent crimes should get long sentences with hard labour. Let them spend the next ten years breaking up rocks six days a week! Might think twice about doing it again! Home Rule for England
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4:15pm Mon 1 Oct 12

SotonLad says...

Shoong wrote:
SotonLad wrote:
Shame he felt he had to confront him in the car park at the end of the night.
Doesn't say 'confront' it says 'asked'. Of course, that's makes it ok to glass him doesn't it you twonk.
Where did I say he deserved it?

When the first incident happened he walked away which was right. But for some reason he couldn't let it go and this happened.

As I said, he didn't deserve it but why put yourself in that position in the first place?!
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: Shame he felt he had to confront him in the car park at the end of the night.[/p][/quote]Doesn't say 'confront' it says 'asked'. Of course, that's makes it ok to glass him doesn't it you twonk.[/p][/quote]Where did I say he deserved it? When the first incident happened he walked away which was right. But for some reason he couldn't let it go and this happened. As I said, he didn't deserve it but why put yourself in that position in the first place?! SotonLad
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4:18pm Mon 1 Oct 12

ToastyTea says...

How could he deny the charges, I hope he gets a very long sentence, horrible crime.
How could he deny the charges, I hope he gets a very long sentence, horrible crime. ToastyTea
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4:27pm Mon 1 Oct 12

Georgem says...

ToastyTea wrote:
How could he deny the charges, I hope he gets a very long sentence, horrible crime.
Denying the "with intent" part, I expect.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: How could he deny the charges, I hope he gets a very long sentence, horrible crime.[/p][/quote]Denying the "with intent" part, I expect. Georgem
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5:00pm Thu 18 Oct 12

ampsherhog says...

SotonLad wrote:
Shoong wrote:
SotonLad wrote:
Shame he felt he had to confront him in the car park at the end of the night.
Doesn't say 'confront' it says 'asked'. Of course, that's makes it ok to glass him doesn't it you twonk.
Where did I say he deserved it?

When the first incident happened he walked away which was right. But for some reason he couldn't let it go and this happened.

As I said, he didn't deserve it but why put yourself in that position in the first place?!
completely agree. its a shame somebody is scarred for life however, one asks the question why did he repeatedly ask about tweaking his nipples. i cant condone glassing someone but this report seems a little biased to say the least. you go outside to question someone about an incident and your asking for trouble.
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: Shame he felt he had to confront him in the car park at the end of the night.[/p][/quote]Doesn't say 'confront' it says 'asked'. Of course, that's makes it ok to glass him doesn't it you twonk.[/p][/quote]Where did I say he deserved it? When the first incident happened he walked away which was right. But for some reason he couldn't let it go and this happened. As I said, he didn't deserve it but why put yourself in that position in the first place?![/p][/quote]completely agree. its a shame somebody is scarred for life however, one asks the question why did he repeatedly ask about tweaking his nipples. i cant condone glassing someone but this report seems a little biased to say the least. you go outside to question someone about an incident and your asking for trouble. ampsherhog
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