Man jailed after wedding attack in Louth


A wedding guest at Kenwick Park Hotel in Louth, who fractured a man’s jaw during an incident at a wedding reception, has been jailed for 18 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Thomas Wrack, 25, claimed he acted out of self defence was found guilty by a jury following a trial.

The jury heard that the victim Robby Bilton was struck in the face after approaching Wrack to complain about lewd comments made to Mr Bilton’s partner Emily Chambers.

The incident occurred when both men were attending the wedding of Wrack’s sister Melissa at Kenwick Park Hotel.

Wrack, a trainee scaffolder, of Beswick in Manchester, denied inflicted grievous bodily harm on March 25, 2013. The jury took just over an hour to return a guilty verdict.

Judge Michael Heath, passing sentence, told him: “It is plain as a pike staff from the evidence that you spoke to Emily Chambers in an inappropriate and sexually explicit way. You are an arrogant young man.

“She told her boyfriend because she was upset and he came across to ask you what happened and seek an apology.

“You then committed an unprovoked attack upon him. It was one very forceful blow of such force that it rendered him immediately unconscious. It broke his jaw. This is not a case where I can suspend the sentence.”

Richard Thatcher, prosecuting, said that Wrack had fallen out with his own girlfriend during the evening and she left the venue.

He told the jury that after his girlfriend left Wrack turned his attention to Miss Chambers despite the fact that she was with her partner.

Mr Bilton then approached Wrack seeking an apology.

Mr Thatcher said: “Robby Bilton was acting ion a passive manner. He had his hands by his side and he was simply asking what had been said.

“He was then struck a fearsome blow. It had a devastating effect. It knocked him clean out and broke his jaw with one blow.”

The emergency services were called to the hotel and Mr Bilton was taken by ambulance to hospital. Wrack fled from the building and hid in the grounds of the hotel where he was found by a police dog.