Man cut open pub customer's face with cake knife
A MAN has been spared prison after he slashed a pub customer's face with a knife from his ear to his mouth.
Travis Steele lashed out at the bar of a Basford pub on May 24 last year, after a woman said something that annoyed him.
Steele picked up the knife – left out to cut a cake – and caught the man's cheek in the Vernon Arms, Vernon Road.
Nottingham Crown Court heard he inflicted a 13cm injury. Judge Michael Stokes QC, sentenced unemployed Steele for wounding, which he had admitted.
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He told Steele: "You appear, from what I have read in the psychiatric report, to have misconstrued what was happening, picked up that kitchen knife, which was lying on the bar, and lashed out with it, catching the complainant's cheek and causing a considerable scar."
The judge heard Steele was on medication which was having a "positive effect on him", although his exact medical issue was not revealed.
Judge Stokes told him that normally anyone who behaved in the way he did would go immediately to prison, even if they had no previous convictions.
"But you are not a typical defendant," he said. "It's quite clear from a detailed psychiatric and pre-sentence report that to send you to prison would risk making your present condition considerably worse.
"You have been diagnosed and steps have been taken and medication prescribed, which is having a positive effect on you, and in those circumstances, exceptional as they are, I suspend the prison sentence."
Simon Eckersley said, in mitigation, that there had been a diagnosis of treatment.
The night of the incident had been the anniversary of a death.
Steele had been encouraged to get out the house rather than think about it.
"He overindulged, rarely, in drink," said Mr Eckersley. "He acknowledges what he has done is wrong."
Steele, 24, of Bestwood Park Drive, Rise Park, will be subject to a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for one year, and must do 150 hours of unpaid work supervised by the Probation Service.