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Pair sentenced for pub brawl

The Fox, Ripponden.

The Fox, Ripponden.

Two 21-year-old men were convicted of affray and one of them for causing actual bodily harm following a brawl at The Fox Bar and Bistro, Ripponden last year.

Thomas Brook, a plumber of High Street, Stainland, was ordered to carry out community service after pleading guilty to affray and Matthew Bland, a bricklayer of Caldercroft, Elland, was ordered to carry out community service and pay compensation after pleading guilty to affray and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Prosecutor Abigail Langford told Bradford Crown Court that tempers had flared during a Bank Holiday drinking session on May 26, 2013, at The Fox Bar and Bistro when Brook spotted Stephen Williams who had been having an extramarital affair with Brook’s mother for four years and which resulted in the marriage falling apart.

A brawl broke out between Brook and Mr WIlliams, the court heard.

Mr Williams was punched and fell to the floor which led to Brook and Bland being ejected.

Mr Williams continued to provoke Brook through the window, and Brook and Bland re-entered the bar.

Pub regular Christopher Elliott saw the pair return and attempted to escort them back out of the bar, taking them through a side door.

Brook shouted ‘come on, come on’ as Bland grabbed Mr Elliott and punched and kicked him repeatedly after being pushed to the ground.

CCTV footage presented to the court showed how Bland punched Mr Elliott twice in the face and kicked him in the upper-half of his body.

Mr Elliott received cuts and bruises to his face and body, and required stitches to a cut on his chin.

Addressing the pair, Judge Neil Davey said: “I accept feelings and tempers ran high, but you had a choice to walk away and both of you chose to go inside where a fracas ensued and a brave member of the public assaulted for his public-spirited actions.”

The court heard how both men were ashamed of their actions and were otherwise of good character.

Brook was sentenced for affray and ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work and pay £500 in costs and a £60 surcharge.

Bland was sentenced for affray and assault causing actual bodily harm and was ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work, pay £1,500 compensation to Mr Elliot, £700 in costs and a £60 surcharge.

 
 
 

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