Orford man sentenced after admitting bottling man outside train station Date published: 13th October 2017 11.21am

A man who smashed a bottle into the neck of another after an argument outside a Warrington train station has been jailed.

Josh Murphy, 22, from East Avenue in Orford was sentenced to 20 months after pleading guilty to wounding at Liverpool Crown Court on 11 October 2017.

Murphy had been to see a band in Manchester with friends on Sunday 11 December 2016 and returned to Warrington by train around 11.30pm.

His victim, Carl O’Neil, 44, had taken his staff out to Manchester for their Christmas party and was waiting for a taxi outside Warrington Central Station when the incident occurred. There was an altercation and the group confronted Carl and his colleagues, when Murphy suddenly swung at Carl with the bottle and missed. On his second attempt the bottle smashed against a handrail, but his third saw the jagged broken bottle strike Carl’s neck leaving him seriously injured.

DS Alison Howarth said: “What should have been an enjoyable night out for both groups turned into a nightmare. Murphy’s actions that night changed his life and that of his victim. A split decision while under the influence of alcohol has landed him in jail, while Carl, through no fault of his own, was scarred for life and is now left with a permanent scar as a reminder of the incident.

“I hope this goes to show others the consequences of drinking to excess and getting involved in altercations when under the influence of alcohol.”