Guest at wedding in Belgium stabs groom after being denied another beer


A jury member tastes a beer during the 5th Brussels Beer Challenge in Brussels, Belgium, Nov. 5, 2016. EPA-EFE FILE/JULIEN WARNAND

BRUSELS.- A groom at a wedding in an eastern Belgian town was stabbed in the neck during the banquet by an intoxicated guest who allegedly grew frustrated because he was refused service when ordering another beer, the country’s state news agency Belga reported on Monday.

The victim, aged 55, was left seriously injured and suffered from a significant loss of blood, although his life was not in danger, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Prosecutors added that the alleged attacker, 31, slashed the right side of the groom’s neck with a knife after his request for more beer was denied by staff since he was already visibly drunk.

The nuptials were being held in the Flemish town of Wielsbeke, located some 80 kilometers (50 miles) to the east of Brussels.

According to Belga, the stabbing took place outside the restaurant and prosecutors have CCTV footage identifying the attacker, who was promptly arrested and is set to be charged with attempted homicide.

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