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Drag queen glassed in karaoke row in Brighton bar

The Argus: Drag queen glassed in karaoke row in Brighton bar Drag queen glassed in karaoke row in Brighton bar

A man glassed a drag queen in a gay bar after being told he was not allowed to sing karaoke.

David Welton, who goes by the stage name Misty Lee, was left permanently scarred after being attacked by Peter Couzens in Poison Ivy, St James’s Street, Kemp Town, Brighton.

Mr Welton – dressed as Misty at the time – was on stage when Couzens asked if he could have a go at singing karaoke at 11.10pm on April 21 this year.

Mr Welton told the 41-year-old there were no slots left available to sing.

In response Couzens threw his drink over him before hurling the glass, which smashed. Mr Welton’s lip was sliced open, needing six stitches.

Vicious In a victim impact statement read out in court the attack was described as being “vicious and unprovoked”.

Mr Welton said he was “scared to go back to his job” and had to take time off to recover.

Alexia Power, prosecuting at Lewes Crown Court yesterday, said security staff hauled Couzens out of the bar and he was arrested.

She said in interviews with police Couzens cried and said he “felt like an animal” after seeing pictures of the injuries, although he could not remember what he had done.

She said Couzens had nine convictions for 17 offences including one of wounding.

In 2007 he received a six-month suspended jail sentence for actual bodily harm after pushing a woman off a stool at gay bar, Legends, in Brighton.

Lucinda Dore, defending, said Couzens knew it was a “very serious offence” but added a psychiatric report suggested he had mental health problems.

She added: “He [Couzens] is on a huge amount of medication.

“The court psychiatry nurse commented she had never seen someone on that level of medication.”

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Judge Charles Kemp said: “It’s a horrible glassing in a nightclub.

“Ordinarily there would be an immediate custodial sentence.”

He adjourned the case to the same court until October 3 so the probation service could read psychiatric reports.

Couzens, who admitted ABH, was released on bail with the condition that he does not enter Poison Ivy.

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5:41pm Fri 6 Sep 13

Hove Ex-Pat says...

So why has this piece of scum, Couzens, with numerous convictions, not had his picture plastered on this story? People need to know what this individual looks like. He has been convicted, so show his picture, please.
So why has this piece of scum, Couzens, with numerous convictions, not had his picture plastered on this story? People need to know what this individual looks like. He has been convicted, so show his picture, please. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 39

6:00pm Fri 6 Sep 13

Crystal Ball says...

So many people fail to take responsibility for their actions and the subsequent consequences. They usually attempt to blame on something else to avoid that responsibility.

Weak.
So many people fail to take responsibility for their actions and the subsequent consequences. They usually attempt to blame on something else to avoid that responsibility. Weak. Crystal Ball
  • Score: 26

6:15pm Fri 6 Sep 13

KarenT says...

Nine convictions for 17 offences and this guy is still walking the streets? He may very well be deemed "mentally disabled" but that is no excuse to put the public at risk. I wish all the best to Mr. Welton/Miss Lee for a quick recovery.
Nine convictions for 17 offences and this guy is still walking the streets? He may very well be deemed "mentally disabled" but that is no excuse to put the public at risk. I wish all the best to Mr. Welton/Miss Lee for a quick recovery. KarenT
  • Score: 29

6:35pm Fri 6 Sep 13

Minion says...

If he has mental health issues that make him a danger to the public he should either be in hospital getting proper treatment, or he should at least be supervised by someone qualified to do so, at all times while he is in public.
They can't just let people walk around uncontrollably attacking people just because they're not responsible for their actions, no matter how remorseful they are.
If he has mental health issues that make him a danger to the public he should either be in hospital getting proper treatment, or he should at least be supervised by someone qualified to do so, at all times while he is in public. They can't just let people walk around uncontrollably attacking people just because they're not responsible for their actions, no matter how remorseful they are. Minion
  • Score: 28

7:46am Sat 7 Sep 13

hoveguyactually says...

What on earth are the authorities up to allowing such a dangerous monster out in public? He should be locked away for good.
What on earth are the authorities up to allowing such a dangerous monster out in public? He should be locked away for good. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 14

7:46am Sat 7 Sep 13

hoveguyactually says...

What on earth are the authorities up to allowing such a dangerous monster out in public? He should be locked away for good.
What on earth are the authorities up to allowing such a dangerous monster out in public? He should be locked away for good. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 0

11:48am Sat 7 Sep 13

Therapist says...

If he's on heavy medication he shouldn't be out boozing. It's all very well him blaming his condition, but as said previously, he should take responsibility for his own illness and not put himself in a situation where he could hurt someone or himself.

Misty Lee - get back out there! He was just one lone nutter, not likely to happen again.
If he's on heavy medication he shouldn't be out boozing. It's all very well him blaming his condition, but as said previously, he should take responsibility for his own illness and not put himself in a situation where he could hurt someone or himself. Misty Lee - get back out there! He was just one lone nutter, not likely to happen again. Therapist
  • Score: 10

1:28pm Sat 7 Sep 13

Farouche says...

And this is news why? Brighon is a bog city folks other lots of pubs and no doubt a few glassing incidents every night!

Who cares?

What is this obsession with drag queens anyway?
And this is news why? Brighon is a bog city folks other lots of pubs and no doubt a few glassing incidents every night! Who cares? What is this obsession with drag queens anyway? Farouche
  • Score: -17

9:04am Sun 8 Sep 13

pcnott says...

LOL Hahahahahahaha
LOL Hahahahahahaha pcnott
  • Score: -5

2:34pm Sun 8 Sep 13

hubby says...

There used to be places that looked after the mentally ill until the Tories shut them all.
Hospitals and prisons are not the right places for them to be.
There used to be places that looked after the mentally ill until the Tories shut them all. Hospitals and prisons are not the right places for them to be. hubby
  • Score: 3

7:39am Mon 9 Sep 13

The Finn says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
So many people fail to take responsibility for their actions and the subsequent consequences. They usually attempt to blame on something else to avoid that responsibility. Weak.
Indeed. 9 convictions and 17 offences and still blaming the alcohol causing memory loss? Grow up!

Obviously Mr. Couzens is not aware of the fact that him and alcohol do not mix well...

Evening: Im getting ****!
Morning: What the hell happened... i better try this again to see if the end results is the same!

Even a monkey with a type writer has the sense to give up after a few attempts.
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: So many people fail to take responsibility for their actions and the subsequent consequences. They usually attempt to blame on something else to avoid that responsibility. Weak.[/p][/quote]Indeed. 9 convictions and 17 offences and still blaming the alcohol causing memory loss? Grow up! Obviously Mr. Couzens is not aware of the fact that him and alcohol do not mix well... Evening: Im getting ****! Morning: What the hell happened... i better try this again to see if the end results is the same! Even a monkey with a type writer has the sense to give up after a few attempts. The Finn
  • Score: 3

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