X Factor row ends in prison

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A 30-year-old man has been jailed after a row over watching The ‘X’ Factor erupted into violence and left his friend with a fractured jaw.

Powerfully-built Sascha Gedge had been the “best man” at the wedding of Mixenden couple Christopher and Abigail Dearlove, and after he was released from a short prison sentence last year he was given a place to stay at the home of Mrs Dearlove’s parents.

But Bradford Crown Court heard that when Gedge was visiting the Dearloves’ own home last November an argument broke out because he wanted to listen to his music and Mrs Dearlove wanted to watch the TV show.

Prosecutor John Bull described how Mrs Dearlove tried to go upstairs to get her husband so he could ask Gedge to leave, but a struggle then started with Gedge trying to take her phone after she said she was going to call the police.

Mr Bull said when her husband tried to intervene he was punched in the face by Gedge and at one stage Mrs Dearlove bit the defendant on the arm as he tried to take the phone from her.

Eventually Gedge managed to grab the phone and used it as a weapon to hit Mr Dearlove over the head.

Mr Bull said Gedge pinned down Mr Dearlove on the stairs and punched him four to six times causing the fracture to his lower jaw.

The couple both suffered other bumps and bruises as a result of the attack.

Gedge, now of no fixed abode, admitted offences of causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Dearlove and common assault on his wife.

Lawyer Andrew Walker, for father-of-six Gedge, described the violence as “a flurry of blows” and said his client believed that alcohol had combined with the tablets he had been taking for depression.

Mr Walker submitted that a prison sentence could be suspended, but Judge Durham Hall said Gedge had beaten Mr Dearlove “severely and mercilessly” that night and the appropriate term, giving him credit for his guilty pleas, was an immediate sentence of 20 months.