Drunk workers smash bottle and glass over colleague’s head as office Christmas party descends into chaos
This is the shocking moment two drunken thugs smash a bottle and glass over their work colleague’s head as a Christmas party descends into violence.
Armendi Dokle, 35,and Durim Beqiri, 37, ‘bottle punched’ their victim during the argument at the Liberty Bounds pub near Tower Hill in London.
The victim, 29, was left with a three-inch gash to his head in the ruckus – just three days before Christmas last year.
Yesterday they both pleaded guilty to one count of actual bodily harm and were sentenced to 18 weeks in jail, and ordered to pay £100 compensation and a £115 victim surcharge.
The horrifying footage, captured on CCTV , has been released by the City of London Police after the sentences were handed down.
City of London Magistrates Court heard how the fight broke out shortly after 2.30pm on Thursday, December 22 in the middle of the ground floor bar of the Liberty Bounds pub in Trinity Square.
The pub was brimming with people celebrating the festive holiday and five construction workers were sitting at a table opposite the bar.
But during the drinks, a confrontation erupted between Beqiri and another man within the group.
As they argued, Dokle, from Ilford, threw a bottle at his head before grabbing another one and hit him again.
Bequiri, from Newham, then viciously grabbed a pint glass and slammed it towards his victim.
The fight was broken up by the rest of the group and other customers as staff called the police.
The victim needed urgent treatment in hospital.
Beqiri admitted he had drunk eight bottles of beer and five shots in the five hours he’d been in the pub.
He tried to claim he’d acted in self defense as the victim was trying to “bully him” but admitted he was wrong and felt ashamed when he was shown CCTV footage.
Dokle told officers he had drunk ten bottles of beer and couldn’t remember anything – but refused to answer any other questions.
Detective Constable Joe Farrell, from the City of London Police, said: “This was a nasty and violent attack which left the victim with a serious head injury. Luckily, he has now recovered, but the effects of this attack could have been far worse.
“We want people to enjoy themselves when they are out in the City’s bars, pubs and clubs, especially during the festive season, but this is a prime example of how some people can drink too much and become violent, which awful consequences.
“The City of London Police treats incidents of violent crime with the utmost seriousness and will do everything in its power to identify people involved in such crime and bring them before the courts.”
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