Drug addict Darryl Stubbs retaliated with bottle attack after violent row in Canterbury
by Paul Hooper
A drug addict thrust a broken wine bottle into a man's face
after he was kicked in the head in a street row.
When Darryl Stubbs was arrested, he told police he had been the
victim of an attack in Canterbury city centre.
But he soon realised he had retaliated with the smashed bottle
after he was shown CCTV footage of the incident.
Stubbs, of Creine Mill Lane North, Canterbury, would later tell
officers that when he was shown what he had done he thought "his
actions were disgusting".
Stubbs, pictured right, was jailed for four years at
Canterbury Crown Court after admitting unlawful wounding in
September last year.
Donna East, prosecuting, said victim David Monk had become
embroiled in an argument with a woman near the Black Griffin
CCTV footage played to the court showed Stubbs
arrived and joined in the street row, which ended with him being
pushed to the ground and being kicked in the head.
Mr Monk and the woman were seen walking along St Dunstans as
Stubbs picked himself up.
Ms East said he then took a wine bottle from the back pocket of
his trousers and as he walked towards the two, smashed it against a
parked car. Then – holding a jagged piece of glass – he began once
again arguing with Mr Monk .
She said Stubbs – who has made 34 court appearances and has
64 convictions – then struck his victim in the face with the glass
causing a 3cm wound.
Darryl Stubbs was jailed
at Canterbury Crown Court
When Stubbs was arrested he admitted he had been taking heroin
and crack cocaine before the attack.
Ms East added: "When he spoke to police he said he thought
he had been the victim but after seeing the CCTV footage realised
what had happened. He said he thought his actions were
Judge Adele Williams said: "I accept that David Monks started
the violence but you used a broken bottle and put it into the face
of your victim.
"He was walking away when you deliberately smashed that bottle
against a car and pursued him. I accept this started in self
defence but you then used a weapon."
Mr Monks received a police caution for the earlier incident.
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