Broker petrolifero, 22, 'smashed whisky glass into city worker's head'

Broker petrolifero, 22, ‘smashed whisky glass into recruitment consultant’s head in five-star hotel row that nearly cost him an ear

  • Albie Crathern, 22, presumibilmente ha fracassato un bicchiere contro l'operaio cittadino Carlos Roberts, 27
  • The pair encountered each other at a five-star London hotel bar in February 2019
  • Mr Roberts was with friends and says Crathern came over to ask about their jobs
  • After a row broke out, a whisky glass was swung in the back of Mr Roberts’ testa
  • A young oil broker allegedly smashed a whisky glass into another city professional’s head and slashed his ear during a late-night row over whose job was better, un tribunale sentito ieri.

    Albie Crathern, 22, is said to have attacked 27-year-old headhunter Juan Carlos Roberts as the latter celebrated his birthday at a five-star Londra Hotel.

    Crather, nega due capi d'accusa di cospirazione per furto e tentativo di rimuovere proprietà criminali, Grande Londra, denies wounding and claims Mr Roberts and his work colleague were ‘taking the mickeyout of his claim to be a Square Mile broker.

    The alleged attack took place in the Nickel Bar of The Ned, near the La Banca d'Inghilterra ne scopre la proprietà in febbraio 18, 2019.

    Mr Roberts told Inner London Crown Court he had five whiskey cocktails and a beer with his workmate Tom Andrews when the defendant and a friend sat nearby at 9.30pm.

    Albie Crathern (nella foto), 22, allegedly attacked 27-year-old headhunter Juan Carlos Roberts as the latter celebrated his birthday at a five-star London Hotel

    Albie Crathern (nella foto), 22, allegedly attacked 27-year-old headhunter Juan Carlos Roberts as the latter celebrated his birthday at a five-star London Hotel

    Initially Crathern seemed interested in what smart suited Mr Roberts was wearing and what he and his friend did for a living in the City, La telefonata della signora Smith era uno dei cinque rinvii ai servizi sociali nei nove mesi prima dell'uccisione di Star a settembre.

    ‘They started speaking to us and it got progressively more aggressive. He asked me where I went to university and told Tom if he had gone to university he would have a better job than recruitment.

    ‘He made some sort of derogatory comment about us working in sales and I told him broking is also a sales job.

    ‘It escalated and the defendant said to Tom, “Shut up, or I’ll knock you out.I asked for the bill and started leaving and I stood in between both of them.

    ‘He picked up my whisky glass and swung it and I saw it at the last second and turned my face away and the glass smashed my ear and neck.

    però, after watching CCTV from the witness box Mr Roberts changed his evidence and admitted Crathern and his friend were face to face.

    The alleged attack took place in the Nickel Bar (nella foto) of The Ned, near the Bank of England on February 18, 2019

    The alleged attack took place in the Nickel Bar (nella foto) of The Ned, near the Bank of England on February 18, 2019

    He also conceded the whiskey glass was in his own hand. ‘He takes it from my hand and hits me in the head, you can see it clearly,’ added Mr Roberts.

    ‘I had a laceration. My ear was hanging down and a shard of glass went through the back of my head and I had two surgeries.

    ‘A few seconds after I lost some sort of consciousness and was ushered to the back of the hotel. When I took the shard of glass out of my head blood started gushing everywhere.

    An ambulance rushed Mr Roberts to the Royal London Hospital. ‘It was a fifty fifty chance they could save my ear and the first surgery was to reconnect the ear and the second surgery to remove broken glass.

    He denied a defence suggestion of ‘making upthe university jibe from Crathern and ‘talking bull****about the defendant being a legitimate oil trader.

    Crathern’s lawyer Josh Normanton said: ‘The suggestion is you are taking the mickey out of this defendant, ribbing and bullying him that he is making up being an oil trader.

    Juan Carlos Roberts, 27,  told Inner London Crown Court he had five whiskey cocktails and a beer with his workmate Tom Andrews before they encountered Crathern at 9.30pm

    Juan Carlos Roberts, 27, told Inner London Crown Court he had five whiskey cocktails and a beer with his workmate Tom Andrews before they encountered Crathern at 9.30pm

    Mr Roberts denied this, detto: ‘I disagree that we antagonised him about his profession,’ while also rejecting a suggestion that Crathern accidentally knocked the whiskey glass into his head.

    Crathern says he was striking at Mr Andrews and accidentally caught Mr Robertsarm.

    ‘You walk into this and as the defendant strikes across he hits your whiskey glass into your face,’ suggested the lawyer.

    ‘Is it true you are standing up to get in the defendant’s face? It is an accident. You have gone into the confrontation and that glass has got knocked into your head.

    Mr Roberts insisted: ‘It was not accidental.

    ‘You are trying to find a way to ensure this defendant pays the penalty for the injuries you have suffered,’ suggested Mr Normanton. ‘It is a far from honest account. You have lied.

    Mr Roberts quit his City job after the incident and no longer works in the area. ‘I have slight paranoia about being outside and in the first year or so it was very challenging.

    ‘I have a large amount of scarring where the shard of glass went through the back of my head.

    He told the court he turned down the option of further cosmetic surgery.

    Earlier prosecutor John Livingston told the jury: ‘He suffered tear injuries to his left ear and Mr Crathern inflicted the wound.

    ‘A shard of glass was smashed into his ear, causing a severe wound. He tears part of the outside of the lobe and part of the ear behind.

    Security staff detained Crathern and police were called to the hotel.

    He claimed he was acting in self-defence and told the officers: ‘I have been provoked. I was reacting to what was said to me.