Former West Ham footballer Izzy Iriekpen from Paddington is jailed for glassing pub bouncer
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A former West Ham footballer from Paddington has been jailed today for glassing a bouncer in the face during a parking rage row.
Izzy Iriekpen, 33, of Westcliffe Apartments in South Wharf Road, left martial arts expert Simon Williams needing emergency surgery to repair two severed arteries in his neck before he bled to death.
The Old Bailey heard Mr Williams needed 61 stitches stretching from his temple to his shoulder after the attack outside a pub in Notting Hill in July 2014.
Iriekpen, who captained the 1999 FA Youth Cup winning team featuring Joe Cole and Michael Carrick, claimed that he forgot that he was holding the glass when he lashed out in self defence.
But prosecutors said he lost his temper because he felt ‘disrespected’ by Mr Williams in front of a female friend.
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The attack happened Mr Williams went over to speak to Iriekpen after noticing the ex-footballer had moved outside the barrier around the pub with a drink in his hand.
Iriekpen appeared to be talking animatedly on the phone and moments later his friend pulled up in a black Porsche.
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Mr Williams said he asked her to move the car because it was blocking the pavement and Iriekpen became angry and told him ‘don’t talk to me like that’ or ‘don’t talk to her like that’.
Mr Williams said he went to restrain Iriekpen but the footballer grabbed his throat and smashed the glass on the left side of the head.
“I felt a massive bang to my head,” he said.
Iriekpen played for the Hammers between 1998 and 2003 and after spells at other clubs retired due to injury in 2009.
He was convicted of unlawfully wounding Mr Williams and given three years and three months by the judge, Mr Michael Brompton, QC.