A bride’s wedding day was ruined after her brother was spotted sniffing cocaine at the plush wedding reception before attacking one of the guests with a pint glass.
Joseph Peckham, 24, of Pontprennau, Cardiff, brought ‘shame’ on his older sister Becky’s wedding day after a groom’s relative, Matthew Oliver, warned about white powder in the gents loo at the luxury venue.
The reception descended into chaos when cocaine-user Peckham threw a pint glass at Oliver in the garden at the expensive reception at Oldwalls on the Gower, South Wales.
Joseph Peckham’s sister Becky (R) married her long-term partner (L) but had her day ‘ruined’
Peckham (above), 24, took cocaine before attacking a guest at his older sister’s wedding
A court heard security attempted to take Mr Oliver to safety – but Peckham and five other men then jumped on top of him.
Mr Oliver, who is the cousin of the groom, was taken to hospital from the reception with a neck wound.
Prosecutor Tom Scapens said Mr Oliver had been enjoying the day until he spotted Peckham in the toilet taking drugs.
Mr Scapens said: ‘Mr Oliver simply says that he was trying to state that a wedding was not the place to be using drugs.’
Peckham reportedly ‘goaded’ a relative of the groom throughout the day before attacking him
Wedding reception was held at the luxury Odlwalls venue (above) on the Gower, South Wales
He confronted him about his behaviour but was told to ‘get lost.’
The court heard Peckham attempted to ‘goad’ Mr Oliver throughout the evening and approached him in the garden grounds at 9.30pm.
Mr Oliver tried to walk away to ‘diffuse the situation’ but was then pushed to the floor by Peckham’s colleague Paul Hunter.
Swansea Crown Court heard Peckham was seen on CCTV walking over to Mr Oliver with a pint glass in his hand.
Mr Scapens said: ‘Joseph Peckham raises the pint glass in an overarm motion, throwing it with force to the head area of Mr Oliver.
‘Mr Oliver saw him do this and raised his hand to protect his face. At the time he wasn’t aware if the glass hit him or not.’
The court heard security staff took Mr Oliver to safety at the front of the luxury Oldwalls venue on the Gower, South Wales.
But Peckham spotted him and jumped on top of him throwing punches on August 25 last year.
Mr Scapens said: ‘Mr Oliver hears a girl scream and turns to see this defendant was running towards him.
‘He felt a number of blows raining down on top of him.’
Peckham pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and was given 13-month suspended sentence
The court heard witnesses saw five other men who jumped into the brawl.
Mr Scapens said: ‘Security staff pulled this defendant away from Mr Oliver. Mr Oliver was then able to see and feel that he was bleeding from his neck..’
The court heard he was taken to hospital with a ‘small irregular cut’ to the left of his neck.
Peckham, who has no previous convictions, told police the victim was lying and denied throwing the glass.
But he later pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm.
The court heard Mr Oliver did not want to give a victim impact statement.
Defending, Adam Sharpe said Peckham had to ‘explain to his mother he was on drugs’ and ‘bear the shame and repercussions’.
Mr Sharpe said: ‘This was wholly out of character and his actions had effectively ruined his sister’s wedding.’
The event at Oldwalls was attended by family members on both the bride and groom’s side
Peckham was a supervisor in the business ran by his brother-in-law – the groom at the wedding – and ‘it says a lot for his work that they are standing by him’.
Judge Catherine Richards told Peckham he had behaved in an ‘aggressive and thuggish manner’ on the day in question, though she accepted he was genuinely remorseful for what he had done.
Judge Catherine Richards handed Peckham, of Pontprennau, Cardiff, a 13 month suspended sentence.
She said: ‘I have no doubt the impact of what you did in your sister’s wedding would have been spelled out to you by others.’
She ordered him to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and granted £500 compensation to Mr Oliver.