Tourist ‘glassed’ during security guard’s ‘attack on dad’ outside historic pub

A tourist was glassed after a security guard allegedly lost his temper when his chair was bumped outside a historic pub, a court heard.

Mohamed Reda, 50, was outside the Lamb and Flag pub just off London’s Oxford Street when he allegedly attacked a Polish man who was sitting with his young daughter.

Reda is accused of losing his temper and punching the man repeatedly after the alleged victim’s wife’s chair bumped into him as she arrived with shopping bags.

CCTV played to jurors showed an unidentified companion of Reda who also joined in the attack and allegedly smashed two glasses over the victim’s head at around 5pm on August 13, 2018.

Reda began “raining down punches” on the victim and did not let up even when the tourist had his back against the pub wall, the court heard.

Southwark Crown Court was told that he had fought with Polish visitor Tomasz Rylski minutes earlier because he wanted to take the “dry” chair that he was saving for his wife and not the wet chairs that were available.

The alleged victim said he suffered multiple wounds on the front of the head and a 3cm wound on the back of his head which required three stitches.

Reda was identified after police timed a credit card transaction to show he was present at the pub at the time of the attack and charged with unlawful wounding with intent and affray.

Opening the case, prosecutor Oliver Newman said: “The defendant went round and asked to use the chair with the backpack on.

“There was an extended discussion about this, with Mr Rylski and his daughter both trying to explain that they were saving the chair but suggesting that he took the empty chair, with some gesticulating on both sides.

“The defendant attempted to grab the chair and take it away, so Mr Rylski held onto it.

“This made the defendant angry and he rammed the chair under the table.

“The exchange ended with the defendant pulling the empty chair from the other side of the table, but in a clearly angry manner, pulling the table around, banging and being deliberately difficult.

“Mrs Sbolenwska, Mr Rylski’s wife, then appeared and came up to their table.

“Mr Rylski stood up and with his wife to his right-hand side pulled out the chair for her with his left hand.

“In pulling the chair out it accidentally knocked into the back of the defendant’s chair due to the closeness of the two tables.

“Mr Rylski turned to apologise but the defendant immediately jumped up, turned and punched Mr Rylski in the head, followed by further punches to his head, shoulders and back.

“In short, it is the Crown’s case that the defendant appears to have completely lost control at having his chair bumped and responded by raining blows down on Mr Rylski, completely unprovoked.”

Mr Newman added: “The male in the black shirt also jumped up and piled in and can be seen on the CCTV grabbing the defendant’s glass of the table, which he then used to hit Mr Rylski in the head.

“The defendant, rather than realising that matters had gotten completely out of hand and backing off, continued to assault Mr Rylski while Mr Rylski started to bleed from multiple cuts across his face.

“While the defendant continued the assault, Mr Rylski attempted to fight him off and the man in a black shirt grabbed another glass off the table and smashed that across Mr Rylski’s face as well.

“Mr Rylski attempted to back away as back as he could, ending backed up against the wall of the pub as the defendant and the man in the black shirt continued to kick and punch him.

“Olivia Rylska and Mrs Sbolewska attempted to pull the two of them away from him but largely failed until the two men decided to run away upon staff starting to intervene.

“Miss Rylska’s phone was picked up by the defendant and thrown away into a nearby bin, from where it was recovered by police.”

The prosecutor said Reda was interviewed by police in July 2019 and said he was “scared of the Polish guy because he was big and could have been a soldier”.

Mr Newman concluded: “The defendant was in no way acting to defend himself, he was indeed not under any kind of threat and instead lost his temper when, clearly on edge having not gotten his way with the chair, his chair was knocked.

“He reacted by starting a vicious assault which he continued with in concert with the man in the black top even after that individual started smashing glasses into Mr Rylski’s face.”

Mr Rylski, who gave evidence by video link, said: “He wanted the chair because the other seat was wet. It was raining earlier that day.

“I don’t know why he attacked me. There was no reason.

“I had maybe two sips of my beer. We had just arrived.”

The Oxford University-run Lamb and Flag pub, which survived the Great Plague, closed in January after 408 years after being hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Reda, of west London, who wore a black suit and black face mask in the dock, denies unlawful wounding with intent and affray.

The trial continues.