'Zulu warrior' jailed after attack in bar

IPSWICH: A night out as a Zulu warrior has ended in a jail term for an Ipswich army corporal who glassed a fellow reveller in a south coast bar.

IPSWICH: A night out as a Zulu warrior has ended in a jail term for an Ipswich army corporal who glassed a fellow reveller in a south coast bar.

Ricki Jarvis, of Appleby Close, was jailed for 12 months when he appeared for his sentencing at Southampton Crown Court.

The 23-year-old was sent to prison by Judge Jeremy Burford after previously being convicted of smashing a glass into the forehead of a man while on a night out in one of the city's pubs.

During his trial, the court heard Jarvis was wearing a grass skirt with a shark's tooth necklace and flip-flops when he went to The Square in Above Bar Street, Southampton.

He was dressed as a member of the South African tribe as part of a surprise fancy dress party on May 26 last year.

The court was told of a flare-up between Jarvis, who had just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, and Rhys Pierce Lloyd.

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Prosecutor Gary Venturi said another man stepped in to separate the pair after the argument broke out. However, around five minutes later, Jarvis ran at Mr Lloyd with a glass in his hand, striking him on the forehead.

The assault caused a cut, which ended up with Mr Lloyd having to be taken to hospital. He was released by doctors after they had stitched the wound.

Jarvis, who had denied wounding, sustained a cut to his hand during the attack. He claimed to have acted in self-defence.

However, it took jurors less than half-an-hour to dismiss his account and convict him.

Following Jarvis' conviction last month Judge Burford warned him he would almost certainly face jail when he returned to the crown court for sentencing.