NEVER come between a man and his onion rings.
One Newbury diner did... and ended up in hospital after being stabbed in the thigh with a steak knife.
The bizarre incident happened at the Diamond Tap, Cheap Street, during a local building firm’s Christmas party.
The victim, Simon Myers, needed hospital treatment for his wound and his attacker, Mark Lawson, ended up in the dock at Reading Crown Court last Thursday.
Judge Alexia Durran summed it up: “This was a works Christmas party and
a man was stabbed in the leg
for stealing onion rings from a plate.”
The court heard how Lawson, of Battalion Way, Thatcham, had ordered a meal with colleagues from the building firm.
When his meal arrived he told those present they could help themselves to one of his chips – but not his crispy onion rings.
However, since apparently forbidden fruit is always the sweetest, Mr Myers was unable to resist.
As he took an onion ring from Lawson’s plate, the 44-year-old suddenly started shouting and stabbed him in the leg, to the horror of fellow drinkers and diners.
Mr Myers was taken to hospital by ambulance and was allowed home after treatment.
But Lawson was warned he could end up in jail for his actions.
He admitted one offence of unlawful wounding in the Wetherspoons establishment on December 19 last year.
Lawson denied an alternative charge of wounding with intent and the judge recorded a formal not guilty verdict on this after the prosecution offered no evidence.
John Simmons, defending, said: “This is a very peculiar, one-off offence. It may be the sort of case where the length of custodial sentence could be suspended and credit should be given for the guilty plea.”
Judge Durran told Lawson: “You have pleaded guilty to a serious offence of using a weapon on someone in a public place and Mr Simmons is right to say to me that this may pass the custodial threshold.
“The question is whether a prison sentence can be sus-pended, allowing for your guilty plea.”
Lawson was released on bail while pre-sentence reports are prepared.
He is due to be sentenced on Wednesday, April 22.