Father and son trade blows as pub argument gets violent
A teenager who saw his friend wrestling with his father on the floor of a pub intervened and attacked the father with a pool cue.
Patrick Gibbs launched himself at the victim when he stood up and after throwing punches at him grabbed the cue and struck the victim across his back causing it to break in two.
He then took a mop saying he was going to protect his friend and struck the complainant again on the back and shoulder causing it to snap in half.
Gibbs, aged 18, of Town Street, Shepton Mallet, pleaded guilty to assaulting Wayne Powell by beating on November 9 when he appeared before South Somerset and Mendip Magistrates. His co-defendant Brandon Lee Powell, aged 18, of Selwood Road, Frome, appeared in the dock alongside him and also pleaded guilty to assaulting Wayne Powell by beating.
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Caylee Taylor, prosecuting, said that Gibbs and Powell had both been drinking when they went into the pub at 10.30pm and Powell started having a heated argument with his father who was there.
Powell started to be physically violent and pushed his father back by the throat and wrestled him to the floor, the court was told.
"As they got to their feet Gibbs launched himself at Mr Powell senior throwing punches at him and then stepped back and grabbed a pool cue and struck Mr Powell across the top of his back causing it to break in two," she said.
"He then grabbed a mop and said he was going to protect his mate and lifted it towards the victim and struck him hitting him on the back and shoulder area."
Meanwhile Powell grabbed a glass tumbler and threw it across the pub and the pair ran outside. As a result of the assault Mr Powell suffered cuts and bruises to his head and grazes to his arm and back.
John Killah, defending Powell, said his client regretted the incident but although there had been weapons used it was not suggested that Powell used them.
"It was a case where both defendants were drunk after consuming a total of 19 vodka shots between them," he said.
Powell was sentenced to a 12 month community order with requirements for supervision, to carry out 80 hours unpaid work and to take part in an education, training and employment programme. A £60 victim surcharge was also imposed.
Mike Hughes, defending Gibbs, said his client's case had previously been adjourned for a pre sentence report to be prepared but he did not attend the appointment as he did not have the money to get there. The case against Gibbs was adjourned until February 5 for a report to be completed and he was given bail with conditions not to contact Wayne Powell; not to enter Frome except to attend probation appointments and not to enter any licensed or on-licensed premises including pubs, clubs and restaurants.