Suspended sentence for man who threw a pool ball during disturbance

An Elland man who threw a pool ball during a disturbance at a Halifax pub has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Samuel Stanley, 30, threw the ball with some force at Shaun Montgomery when fighting started at The Jubilee pub last September.

Prosecutor Claire Larton said the ball hit Mr Montgomery on the forehead causing him to fall to the floor.

Miss Larton said Stanley, of Burley Street, was then seen on CCTV footage to walk over to Mr Montgomery and kick him once.

Bradford Crown Court heard today (Tuesday) that as a result of the incident Mr Montgomery needed six stitches in a wound to his forehead.

Stanley pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful wounding and affray arising out of the incident and today a judge told him he would have been sent to prison immediately if he had not admitted the offences.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said he did not think that Stanley would come back before the courts again and he was prepared to suspend his 15-month jail sentence for two years.

Stanley will also be subject to supervision by the probation service for a year and he must also do 100 hours unpaid work for the community.

The judge also said that Stanley would have to pay the victim of his offence £350 compensation at a weekly rate of £10.

“This was a remarkably stupid breach of your usual standards,” the judge told Stanley.