A violent machete attacker posted a bloody Snapchat selfie after cutting off a man’s hand after a run-in at McDonald’s
Jordan Hughes shared the image with the caption “just got stabbed in the head lol” but his face was actually covered in his victim’s blood.
The attack happened after the 22-year-old left his home in the middle of the night with the 40cm weapon hidden in his trousers.
He then entered the McDonald’s, on Winwick Road in Warrington, in the early hours of Saturday, March 7 this year.
Hughes reportedly stared at his victim, 20-year-old Samuel Liggett, who was at the fast food restaurant with a group of four friends at around 3am.
When Mr Liggett’s group left the branch Hughes followed them and began shouting at them from across the road.
He then ran at them, pulled out the machete, and began slashing at Mr Ligget, who raised his arms to protect his face and neck.
It was only after running away from Hughes that Mr Liggett began to feel a “strange, warm trickle feeling, down his arm”.
The group ran back to the McDonald’s and when Mr Liggett lifted up his gloves and realised how bad the cuts to his arms were.
A day later, Emily Thompson, who is Mr Liggett’s ex-girlfriend and the sister of another witness, came across a Snapchat story uploaded by Hughes moments after the attack.
Hughes had posted a picture of himself with blood all over his face with the caption “just got stabbed in the head LOL”.
Katy Appleton, prosecuting, told the court: “This story was a picture of him, with blood splattered to his face, and he had quoted underneath it ‘just got stabbed in the head LOL’.
“She described him as smirking in the picture. The next picture was of his leg which had a large gash to it.”
She saved a conversation when she asked Hughes “were you actually stabbed?” and he replied “yeah hahaha”.
Mr Liggett and his friends picked out Hughes in an identity parade, but he again denied any wrongdoing and said he didn’t remember the Snapchat post.
Hughes denied wounding with intent and possessing a bladed article in public, only to later plead guilty.
There is no evidence to suggest that Jordan Hughes was stabbed, although he was found with a large cut to his knee which he told police he sustained when he “fell”.
It is believed that the blood on his face was actually that of his victim.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that Mr Liggett believes Jordan Hughes was trying to kill him.
Ms Appleton said a medical report recorded “near total amputation of his left hand”.
Doctors said he had since made “minimal progress”, cannot extend his wrist, has minimal range of movement, and may be left with a “fixed flexion deformity”.
“Worst case scenario” he will not be able to grip objects and may suffer clawing of his hand, while “best case scenario”, after further surgery and months or years of rehabilitation, will have a 50% recovery.
Referring to the Snapchat post, Judge Gary Woodhall said: “Rather than regretting or having remorse for what you had done, you were revelling in what happened.”
Judge Woodhall said Hughes, of Calgarth Avenue, Bewsey, Warrington, was dangerous and jailed him for 12 years, with an extended three years on licence.
He must spend at least two thirds of the sentence – eight years – behind bars before he is eligible for parole.
Judge Woodhall also made an indefinite restraining order to protect the victim.
Hughes showed no emotion as he was sent down.