Snapped after ‘fatty’ remark and glassed old school colleague
Saturday 19th January 2013, 3:00PM GMT.
BEING called ‘fatty-fat’ after suffering years of bullying about his weight as a boy led one 21-year-old to glass an acquaintance from his school.
Benjamin Vidamour, who initially denied the offence before changing his plea to guilty, ‘snapped’ after light-hearted banter turned sour.
He was sentenced to two-and-half years in prison for unlawful and malicious wounding and three months to run consecutively for an unrelated incident of criminal damage.
In a witness statement read out in court, Mr Le Prevost gave his version of events. ‘I was setting up the table when Ben said “We do give each other abuse in a lighthearted way” and I replied, “Shut up fatty-fat”,’ he said.
Defence advocate Liam Roffey said: ‘Lighthearted banter may have been how Mr Le Prevost felt about it, but it was not how my client felt about it.’
Advocate Roffey added Vidamour did not make a conscious decision to use the glass as a weapon, but Judge Finch questioned how the defendant would not have been aware it was in his hand.