Soldier scarred for life in attack by Darlington yob

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by

A YOUNG soldier was scarred for life when he had a broken bottle thrust into his neck by a drunken yob.

Shane Legg attacked trainee paratrooper Daniel Green as two rival gangs clashed in Richmond town centre.

Teesside Crown Court heard the innocent victim was simply walking past the trouble when he was assaulted.

Legg smashed a bottle and launched himself at Mr Green, despite him pleading: “We are nothing to do with it.”

Mr Green was with other members of the Armed Forces based at nearby Catterick Garrison and was going for something to eat.

The court heard how when police arrived on the scene, the young soldier had got the better of his attacker.

He was standing over Legg punching him in the face and had to be shot twice with a Taser stun-gun to stop.

Prosecutor, Paul Abrahams, said Mr Green was arrested before police realised how badly hurt he was.

He was taken to hospital where the main wound was stitched and had treatment for other head wounds.

The victim received a caution, while Legg admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He was jailed for three year and four months after Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, QC, called the case “unusual”.

The judge accepted Legg, of Gilsland Crescent, Darlington, “misread the situation” during the clash.

Brian Russell, mitigating, said: “He is very upset about the injuries and understands how unpleasant it was.

“He doesn't routinely go about hurting people like this. He has got into trouble. He gets drunk and does stupid things.”

The court heard how Legg has previous convictions for disorderly behaviour, theft and criminal damage.

Judge Bourne-Arton told him: “There was trouble in the street and you completely misread the situation.

“The result was you attacked, at the time, a completely innocent individual.

“It may have been that as a result of you attacking him, he responded and may have given as good as he took.”

Mr Russell said unemployed Legg has “had some difficulties” and the court heard how his mother had died.

Mr Abrahams said families with children were in the area when the fight erupted on May 25 last year.

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1:13pm Sun 18 Nov 12

always right says...

Big hard man legg,Eh. Attacking with a broken bottle and still he got beat up. Lol.....Give that soldier a medal for getting another Darlo funny farm scum off the street.
Big hard man legg,Eh. Attacking with a broken bottle and still he got beat up. Lol.....Give that soldier a medal for getting another Darlo funny farm scum off the street. always right
  • Score: 26

5:33pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Duke of Aycliffe says...

Well done, that solider. There's far too many numpty wannabes who think they're big hardos in Darlo & Aycliffe. Send them all off to Afghanistan to see how they fare.
Well done, that solider. There's far too many numpty wannabes who think they're big hardos in Darlo & Aycliffe. Send them all off to Afghanistan to see how they fare. Duke of Aycliffe
  • Score: 24

7:39pm Sun 18 Nov 12

spragger says...

'had to be shot twice with a Taser stun-gun to stop.'

If he can handle this maybe we are sending the wrong people to Afghanistan.
We should send this one to defuse IEDs, by hand ..
'had to be shot twice with a Taser stun-gun to stop.' If he can handle this maybe we are sending the wrong people to Afghanistan. We should send this one to defuse IEDs, by hand .. spragger
  • Score: -6

9:32pm Sun 18 Nov 12

oliviaden6 says...

sentence this so called hard man to JOIN the Army and we shall see then who and how hard the little scroat is, i bet he wouldn't last a week of basic training.
rough justice you havn't seen a friendly Drill Sargeant yet and never will???
sentence this so called hard man to JOIN the Army and we shall see then who and how hard the little scroat is, i bet he wouldn't last a week of basic training. rough justice you havn't seen a friendly Drill Sargeant yet and never will??? oliviaden6
  • Score: 11

9:52am Mon 19 Nov 12

soulie67 says...

Pity the soldier was not a Ghurka!
Pity the soldier was not a Ghurka! soulie67
  • Score: 0

10:25am Mon 19 Nov 12

stevegg says...

About time they introduced penal units into the forces. They could send all these oxygen thieves to Afghanistamn to do all the most dangerous jobs, like IED clearance, to save all the decent squaddies who are putting their lives on the line.
About time they introduced penal units into the forces. They could send all these oxygen thieves to Afghanistamn to do all the most dangerous jobs, like IED clearance, to save all the decent squaddies who are putting their lives on the line. stevegg
  • Score: 11

12:56pm Mon 19 Nov 12

tsunami says...

The poor lad is scarred for life because of a no hoper thinking he is "Rock Hard". It boils my pi*s when things like this happens! Watch out when you pick the soap up in Prison Legg!!
The poor lad is scarred for life because of a no hoper thinking he is "Rock Hard". It boils my pi*s when things like this happens! Watch out when you pick the soap up in Prison Legg!! tsunami
  • Score: 6

2:46pm Mon 19 Nov 12

always right says...

spragger wrote:
'had to be shot twice with a Taser stun-gun to stop.' If he can handle this maybe we are sending the wrong people to Afghanistan. We should send this one to defuse IEDs, by hand ..
Lol,,,it was the SOLDIER they had to stun,to stop him beating more out of the caward with the bottle !.
[quote][p][bold]spragger[/bold] wrote: 'had to be shot twice with a Taser stun-gun to stop.' If he can handle this maybe we are sending the wrong people to Afghanistan. We should send this one to defuse IEDs, by hand ..[/p][/quote]Lol,,,it was the SOLDIER they had to stun,to stop him beating more out of the caward with the bottle !. always right
  • Score: 2

3:46pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Homshaw1 says...

A unprovoked attack with a bottle and the guy being attacked ends up with a caution.

If I was in that situation I would do everything I could to prevent any injury to myself If he overreacted then it is excusable in the circumstances

This Legg got exactly what he deseved3
Green should have the caution removed from his record.

This Legg could have easily killed him
A unprovoked attack with a bottle and the guy being attacked ends up with a caution. If I was in that situation I would do everything I could to prevent any injury to myself If he overreacted then it is excusable in the circumstances This Legg got exactly what he deseved3 Green should have the caution removed from his record. This Legg could have easily killed him Homshaw1
  • Score: 5

3:46pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Homshaw1 says...

A unprovoked attack with a bottle and the guy being attacked ends up with a caution.

If I was in that situation I would do everything I could to prevent any injury to myself If he overreacted then it is excusable in the circumstances

This Legg got exactly what he deseved3
Green should have the caution removed from his record.

This Legg could have easily killed him
A unprovoked attack with a bottle and the guy being attacked ends up with a caution. If I was in that situation I would do everything I could to prevent any injury to myself If he overreacted then it is excusable in the circumstances This Legg got exactly what he deseved3 Green should have the caution removed from his record. This Legg could have easily killed him Homshaw1
  • Score: 0

6:36pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Bartholemew says...

Can I just say well done to the reporter what excellent reporting skills you have however in future you do need to be more correct with your concern for accuracy as the event actually was May this year not last as you have stated!!!! And please may I also state these soldiers who represent our country are well known for causing trouble in our town centre and are regularly on club watch round our town because of their bad reputation for causing trouble and fights. Mr Legg doesnt think he is hard nor does is he a yob as the story has portrayed him to be he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time he is sorry for what he has done and is now paying the price. I have read the witness statements for this case and it was actually the 'squaddies' who were fighting not innocently walking by as you have stated. And if this soldier was so innocent why did he try to run away from the scene to me the so called soldier is not as innocent as he has been made out to be these soldiers give the army a bad name.
Can I just say well done to the reporter what excellent reporting skills you have however in future you do need to be more correct with your concern for accuracy as the event actually was May this year not last as you have stated!!!! And please may I also state these soldiers who represent our country are well known for causing trouble in our town centre and are regularly on club watch round our town because of their bad reputation for causing trouble and fights. Mr Legg doesnt think he is hard nor does is he a yob as the story has portrayed him to be he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time he is sorry for what he has done and is now paying the price. I have read the witness statements for this case and it was actually the 'squaddies' who were fighting not innocently walking by as you have stated. And if this soldier was so innocent why did he try to run away from the scene to me the so called soldier is not as innocent as he has been made out to be these soldiers give the army a bad name. Bartholemew
  • Score: -3

6:57pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Celer et Audax says...

Isn't stabbing someone in the neck attempted murder?
Isn't stabbing someone in the neck attempted murder? Celer et Audax
  • Score: 4

7:31pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Davy Crocket says...

He'll be out in no time ... bring in some Saudi justice that'll clean up our streets
He'll be out in no time ... bring in some Saudi justice that'll clean up our streets Davy Crocket
  • Score: 0

7:35pm Mon 19 Nov 12

JJ35569 says...

I live in Richmond and I agree these soldiers do cause alot of the fights and we never seem to hear about it press as seems to get covered up.
I live in Richmond and I agree these soldiers do cause alot of the fights and we never seem to hear about it press as seems to get covered up. JJ35569
  • Score: -1

7:49pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Leanndra says...

Sum ppl are a joke sitting behind computers commenting on other peoples lives and judging them without knowing the actual FACTS. The press are known for publishing incorrect information and bad stories about ppl and as per previous comments this reporter doesnt seem to be printing the correct information, I just think ppl shouldnt jugdge without knowing the facts dont believe everything you read in the press.
Sum ppl are a joke sitting behind computers commenting on other peoples lives and judging them without knowing the actual FACTS. The press are known for publishing incorrect information and bad stories about ppl and as per previous comments this reporter doesnt seem to be printing the correct information, I just think ppl shouldnt jugdge without knowing the facts dont believe everything you read in the press. Leanndra
  • Score: -2

8:43pm Mon 19 Nov 12

soulie67 says...

Leanndra wrote:
Sum ppl are a joke sitting behind computers commenting on other peoples lives and judging them without knowing the actual FACTS. The press are known for publishing incorrect information and bad stories about ppl and as per previous comments this reporter doesnt seem to be printing the correct information, I just think ppl shouldnt jugdge without knowing the facts dont believe everything you read in the press.
especially this reporter!,,,,not the first time he has given false info about a court case........one recently springs to mind!.............wh
en I complained about it to the Editor I never received a reply and my e mails were blocked.........'Fre
e Press?' a load of b***ocks!
[quote][p][bold]Leanndra[/bold] wrote: Sum ppl are a joke sitting behind computers commenting on other peoples lives and judging them without knowing the actual FACTS. The press are known for publishing incorrect information and bad stories about ppl and as per previous comments this reporter doesnt seem to be printing the correct information, I just think ppl shouldnt jugdge without knowing the facts dont believe everything you read in the press.[/p][/quote]especially this reporter!,,,,not the first time he has given false info about a court case........one recently springs to mind!.............wh en I complained about it to the Editor I never received a reply and my e mails were blocked.........'Fre e Press?' a load of b***ocks! soulie67
  • Score: -1

2:13pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Homshaw1 says...

Leanndra wrote:
Sum ppl are a joke sitting behind computers commenting on other peoples lives and judging them without knowing the actual FACTS. The press are known for publishing incorrect information and bad stories about ppl and as per previous comments this reporter doesnt seem to be printing the correct information, I just think ppl shouldnt jugdge without knowing the facts dont believe everything you read in the press.
People have every right to comment on these matters and express an opinion as to what should happen to them.

We or one of our family might be the next innocent victim to be attacked by one of these CONVICTED yobs
[quote][p][bold]Leanndra[/bold] wrote: Sum ppl are a joke sitting behind computers commenting on other peoples lives and judging them without knowing the actual FACTS. The press are known for publishing incorrect information and bad stories about ppl and as per previous comments this reporter doesnt seem to be printing the correct information, I just think ppl shouldnt jugdge without knowing the facts dont believe everything you read in the press.[/p][/quote]People have every right to comment on these matters and express an opinion as to what should happen to them. We or one of our family might be the next innocent victim to be attacked by one of these CONVICTED yobs Homshaw1
  • Score: 0

2:49pm Tue 20 Nov 12

tsunami says...

Just because representatives of the armed forces are known to cause trouble in your local area, does not give the right for somebody to bottle one of them in the neck. Legg maybe sorry for what he has done but the poor lad who was bottled will have a constant reminder every day for the rest of his life when he gets up on a morning! Legg is a coward for doing such a thing!
Just because representatives of the armed forces are known to cause trouble in your local area, does not give the right for somebody to bottle one of them in the neck. Legg maybe sorry for what he has done but the poor lad who was bottled will have a constant reminder every day for the rest of his life when he gets up on a morning! Legg is a coward for doing such a thing! tsunami
  • Score: 0

3:13pm Tue 20 Nov 12

JJ35569 says...

I agree Legg should be punished for his actions but these soldiers are trained to fight and kill for our country not cause fights in our community. It is a disgrace the way they behave too they are as bad as these yobs
I agree Legg should be punished for his actions but these soldiers are trained to fight and kill for our country not cause fights in our community. It is a disgrace the way they behave too they are as bad as these yobs JJ35569
  • Score: 1

2:42pm Wed 21 Nov 12

rockfordIL says...

For it's Tommy this and Tommy that, an' "chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot.
Anyone read "Tommy" by Rudyard Kipling? I think some on hear should.
Squadies aren't perfect you know. But you bloody well need 'em.
For it's Tommy this and Tommy that, an' "chuck him out, the brute!" But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot. Anyone read "Tommy" by Rudyard Kipling? I think some on hear should. Squadies aren't perfect you know. But you bloody well need 'em. rockfordIL
  • Score: 0

1:19am Fri 23 Nov 12

Allanopie says...

No excuse whatsover , for using a broken bottle or glassing anybody ! Total cowardice !
No excuse whatsover , for using a broken bottle or glassing anybody ! Total cowardice ! Allanopie
  • Score: 0

1:15pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Spy Boy says...

rockfordIL wrote:
For it's Tommy this and Tommy that, an' "chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot.
Anyone read "Tommy" by Rudyard Kipling? I think some on hear should.
Squadies aren't perfect you know. But you bloody well need 'em.
Dead right. It is a good poem.
[quote][p][bold]rockfordIL[/bold] wrote: For it's Tommy this and Tommy that, an' "chuck him out, the brute!" But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot. Anyone read "Tommy" by Rudyard Kipling? I think some on hear should. Squadies aren't perfect you know. But you bloody well need 'em.[/p][/quote]Dead right. It is a good poem. Spy Boy
  • Score: 0

10:35am Sat 24 Nov 12

Liamsm says...

Bartholemew wrote:
Can I just say well done to the reporter what excellent reporting skills you have however in future you do need to be more correct with your concern for accuracy as the event actually was May this year not last as you have stated!!!! And please may I also state these soldiers who represent our country are well known for causing trouble in our town centre and are regularly on club watch round our town because of their bad reputation for causing trouble and fights. Mr Legg doesnt think he is hard nor does is he a yob as the story has portrayed him to be he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time he is sorry for what he has done and is now paying the price. I have read the witness statements for this case and it was actually the 'squaddies' who were fighting not innocently walking by as you have stated. And if this soldier was so innocent why did he try to run away from the scene to me the so called soldier is not as innocent as he has been made out to be these soldiers give the army a bad name.
Let me get this right did he or did he not stick a broken bottle in someone's neck? YES OR NO??
[quote][p][bold]Bartholemew[/bold] wrote: Can I just say well done to the reporter what excellent reporting skills you have however in future you do need to be more correct with your concern for accuracy as the event actually was May this year not last as you have stated!!!! And please may I also state these soldiers who represent our country are well known for causing trouble in our town centre and are regularly on club watch round our town because of their bad reputation for causing trouble and fights. Mr Legg doesnt think he is hard nor does is he a yob as the story has portrayed him to be he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time he is sorry for what he has done and is now paying the price. I have read the witness statements for this case and it was actually the 'squaddies' who were fighting not innocently walking by as you have stated. And if this soldier was so innocent why did he try to run away from the scene to me the so called soldier is not as innocent as he has been made out to be these soldiers give the army a bad name.[/p][/quote]Let me get this right did he or did he not stick a broken bottle in someone's neck? YES OR NO?? Liamsm
  • Score: 0

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