Sentence delayed for stabbing chef

Franco's restaurant, Rodney Street, Wigan
Franco's restaurant, Rodney Street, Wigan

A CHEF who was due for sentence for a knife attack on a colleague at a Wigan town centre restaurant had his case adjourned because he has travelled to Italy to see his mum.

Giuseppe Maragioglio, 53, was due to appear at Liverpool Crown Court but his barrister, Tim Brennand, told the judge that he had gone home to see his mother and explain he would not be able to see her for “a couple of months”.

He had admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm following an incident which took place in the kitchen of Franco’s Italian Restaurant, Rodney Street, on the afternoon of September 27 last year and left head chef Carlos Neto injured.

Mr Neto, 47, was rushed to North Manchester General Hospital suffering from stab wounds to the left side of his stomach, left arm and to his head and underwent surgery for his injuries which included a punctured lung.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, further adjourned sentence on Maragioglio, of Douglas Road, Wigan, until September 1.

Following his conviction last month, the judge warned Maragioglio that he faces a prison sentence and the only issue to be decided was the length of that term.

Maragioglio had been due to face trial earlier accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent but this was dropped after he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The incident took place in the kitchen of Franco’s Italian Restaurant, Rodney Street, on the afternoon of September 27 last year and left head chef Carlos Neto injured.

Judge Aubrey, QC, heard some evidence about the incident from the defendant and the victim as Maragioglio claimed that he had acted in self-defence.

The hearing was told that when Maragioglio was arrested he told police: “I lost it.”

Witness Pedro Gonzalez said: “I heard something. I think it was an argument. They seemed to be talking normally. I had my back to them.

“Then Carlos screamed and I turned round to see a fistfight. Carlos was in the defence position; he was crouching and bit bent over. I thought Giuseppe was punching him then I noticed it was a knife in his hand. I ran out of the kitchen to get help.”

Maragoglio told Liverpool Crown Court that they argued about chopping tomatoes and he told Mr Neto “don’t treat me like a kid, I’m not your son.”