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Life sentence for pint glass killer

PUBLISHED: 09:29 01 November 2006 | UPDATED: 09:55 09 July 2010

Billy Gregory

Billy Gregory

A THUG who murdered a fitness instructor in a pub toilet while on bail for another violent attack was jailed for life on Monday. Thuvan Nguyen, 31, of Queens Road West, Upton Park, smashed a pint glass into the neck of Billy Gregory, 23, two weeks after a

A THUG who murdered a fitness instructor in a pub toilet while on bail for another violent attack was jailed for life on Monday.

Thuvan Nguyen, 31, of Queens Road West, Upton Park, smashed a pint glass into the neck of Billy Gregory, 23, two weeks after an attack on another drinker.

It was just two years after Billy's younger brother Terry Gregory, 19, was stabbed to death in a street fight.

Though no one was convicted of Terry's murder, mother Sue Gregory finally won justice after Nguyen was convicted at the Old Bailey last month.

She watched from inside court on Monday as Nguyen was told he would serve at least 14 years behind bars.

Billy went to the Earl of Chatham pub in Woolwich for a drink on December 23.

He bumped into Nguyen, who was drinking alone, and there was a brief confrontation. Later that evening Billy walked into the toilet to find Nguyen in there with a glass. He thrust it into the left side of Billy's neck.

Billy, from Charlton, was helped out of the pub by friends but collapsed in the street from a loss of blood.

He later had a massive stroke and died on Christmas Day.

Nguyen claimed he had been racially abused in the toilet by Billy but was found guilty of murder.

The attacker was on bail after he got into a row with two men at the Great Harry pub in Woolwich on December 7.

Nguyen used a broken wine glass to attack one of the men. He was arrested but the case against him was later dropped.

Full story in this week's Recorder.

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