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Pint glass killer’s appeal rejected

PUBLISHED: 09:38 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:30 25 August 2010

A MAN who killed a Christmas reveller saw his challenge against his murder conviction dismissed by top judges on Tuesday.

A MAN who killed a Christmas reveller saw his challenge against his murder conviction dismissed by top judges on Tuesday.

Thu Van Nguyen, 32, of Kings Court, Queens Road West, Upton Park, was found guilty at the Old Bailey in October 2006 of murdering 23-year-old Billy Gregory after hitting him in the neck with a pint glass.

Of the 12-person jury, a 10-2 majority voted against Mr Van Nguyen and he was jailed for life.

At the Court of Appeal, his lawyers argued that he had been prejudiced after the judge allowed details of a similar incident to go before the jury.

Nguyen attacked Mr Gregory in the toilets of the Earl of Chatham pub, Woolwich, on the night of December 23, 2005, following an altercation.

Three weeks previously, he had broken a wine glass in the Great Harry pub, also in Woolwich, and used it to cause injury to three men, one of whom required 14 stitches

At the trial, details of that earlier offence - and CCTV images - were allowed to go in front of the jury, even though Nguyen was not prosecuted in relation to that incident. Edward Rees QC, for Nguyen, told three Appeal Court judges that facts in the two cases were "dissimilar", and the prosecution's decision not to prosecute in relation to the Great Harry incident meant it could not have been used as "bad character evidence".

But Lord Justice Dyson, sitting with Mr Justice Maddison and Sir Richard Curtis, said Judge Goddard was entitled to come to the original decision.

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