Man jailed for terrifying attack on woman at Thame’s Swan Hotel

Archive shot of the Swan Hotel
Archive shot of the Swan Hotel

A man in his sixties has been jailed after viciously attacking a woman at the Swan Hotel in Thame as staff bravely tried to protect her.

Peter William Butler, 61, of Glenham Road, Thame, walked into the pub and approached the woman in her forties, who was known to him, then punched her in the head multiple times.

He also punched a 51-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman, who are both staff at the pub, as they tried to protect the woman and eject him from the premises.

Butler then attempted to hit the man with a bottle.

He pursued the woman in her forties, pushing her into the men’s toilet, where CCTV footage captured him assaulting her.

She received bruising, to her face neck and arms and a head injury.

The attack took place at around 12.45am on January 24.

Butler was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay over £1,500 in damages after pleadeding guilty to three charges of ABH, and two counts of common assault.

A count of Witness Intimidation was dropped at court.

Investigating Officer, PC Aaron Walker based at Thame police station, said: “This was a terrifying incident in which the woman was viciously assaulted by Butler.

“Butler was completely out of control attacking anyone who tried to stop his assault on this defenceless woman”

“I would hope that that the victim is able to move on from this assault which has left her deeply affected”

“I would also like to thank the others who were assaulted for their bravery in trying to protect the victim from the sustained attack by Butler.”