Anjungi Lam: Croydon man jailed for smashing glass into gay man's face in 'homophobic attack'

Anjungi Lam has been jailed for the attack

Anjungi Lam, seen here in a police handout photo, has been jailed for the attack

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A London man has been jailed for two years after admitting smashing a glass into his victim's face in a pub, in what police have suggested was a homophobic attack.

Dramatic CCTV footage shows the moment Anjungi Lam, 35 and of Croydon, attacked a 23-year-old man in Peckham.

The attack took place on March 5 at around 10.30pm, when the victim and his 20-year-old boyfriend arrived holding hands at the Kentish Drovers pub in Peckham High Street, Southwark SE15.

They were at the bar when Lam raced towards the victim and smashed a pint glass against the right side of his face, cutting his nose, lip and neck, chipping his tooth and injuring his cornea. Flying glass also hit his boyfriend in the eye.

Lam then ran out of the pub, but was quickly identified via CCTV. He had worked for the pub for three months before being sacked for lateness.

He was arrested on May 19, and subsequently charged.

Investigating officer PC Lance Sharrock, from Southwark’s Community Safety Unit, said: “This was an entirely unprovoked incident. Lam did not know the victim or his partner, they had not spoken nor had any disagreement to provoke such a violent attack.

“The victims felt Lam must have been motivated by homophobia as they entered the pub holding hands and we began a hate crime investigation.

“Lam was quickly identified and I am pleased at his sentence which shows that incidents of this nature will not be tolerated.”

Lam was jailed for an additional year for a number of separate offences not linked to the GBH: actual bodily harm, assault by beating, theft and having an offensive weapon.

You can watch footage of the incident by clicking here.