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Security guard stabbed in eye while trying to help someone up, man jailed

A security guard at a pub was blinded in one eye after being stabbed while working at an event.

Chase Wilson, 32, stabbed the security guard in the eye after he had been kicked out of the pub for smoking. 

The 32-year-old then ran away saying “I’ve killed him”.

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Wilson appeared at Inner London Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to maliciously wounding Daniel Evans with intent to do grievous bodily harm. He was sentenced to 11 years and eight months in prison, with a further 18 months concurrent for possession of a knife. 

On November 5 last year Wilson and two friends attended the popular Prince of Peckham pub on Clayton Road for an event. 

Mr Evans and two colleagues who were working as security staff asked Wilson and his friends to leave the pub as they had been smoking inside. 

The group were unhappy about being asked to leave and tried to force their way back in, prosecutor Mr Mesure told the court. 

Security guard was just trying to help

They managed to force their way back in but as they did so, one of Wilson’s friends tripped over. 

As Mr Evans tried to help them up Wilson adopted a boxer’s stance and stabbed him in the eye, the court heard. 

“He ran out and was heard to say ‘I have stabbed him in the neck, I have killed him’”, Mr Mesure said. 

Mr Evans was taken to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery which was not able to restore vision in his left eye. 

He now wears dark glasses to conceal the damage to his face and requires assistance in all parts of day-to-day life. 

In a victim impact statement, Mr Evan’s said before this incident he got joy from helping people but now has been left feeling useless as he constantly requires help.

“I can’t find a reason for this to happen”

Mr Evan’s mum, Carol Williams, told the court: “To see his independence taken away from him for no reason is awful.” 

The court heard that Ms Williams was very reliant on her son as she has her own health issues. 

“Daniel was my driver, my eyes and legs,” she said. 

Mr Evans already had complications with his vision and has been told that his vision could also go in that eye, which would leave him completely blind. 

“There’s a reason for everything, but I can’t find a reason for this to happen. Apart from trying to do my job as security – trying to prevent anyone else getting hurt inside the pub,” Mr Evans said. 

Police identified Wilson from CCTV and he surrendered at Croydon Police Station the following day. 

After initially giving a no comment interview he told police: “That was me on the camera, entering the club or whatever.” 

He later pleaded guilty on the third day of a trial, after Mr Evans had turned up at court to give evidence. 

Man was on bail at the time of stabbing

Wilson has a long history of violence and has three previous convictions for carrying a knife. 

At the time of the stabbing he was on bail for using a crutch to batter a man who was assisting his daughter in hospital. 

Anthony Rimmer, defence counsel, said his client is regretful that he caused so much harm to Mr Evans. 

The court heard that Wilson’s behavioural issues were a product of his struggle with his gender identity.

He explained that Wilson was struggling with gender dysmorphia, discrimination and a lack of support from his family. 

Sentencing, Judge Cottage KC emphasised to Wilson that he had robbed a man of his independence. 

“This loving and supporting son has been unable to support his frail mother, and has been relying on his emotionally overwhelmed partner,” she said. 

Wilson was sentenced to 11 years and eight months in prison, with a further 18 months concurrent for possession of a knife. 

(Source: News Shopper)

(Images: Metropolitan Police)

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