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Fight at Rileys Snooker Club ends up in Gloucester Crown Court case

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

PUNCHES:  Home of the former Rileys Snooker Club in Bristol Road.

PUNCHES: Home of the former Rileys Snooker Club in Bristol Road.

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A CULTURAL night ended in a brawl after a band brandished snooker cues and kicked and punched people to get them out of the venue.

The fight was sparked after drinkers were slow to leave the Czech event and the band got involved in a ruckus at the former Rileys Snooker Club in Bristol Road, Gloucester, a court heard.

Two dads and their sons all admitted affray after a table was overturned in the early hours of February 5 last year.

Zdenko Scerba, 40, and his son Zdenek Scerba, 18, both of Stanley Road, were involved along with Joseph Bendig, 43, of High Street, Tredworth, and his 25-year-old son Josef, of Clement Street.

Prosecutor Julian Kesner said the men were part of band playing that night.

He told Gloucester Crown Court: "It appears that people were slow in drinking up and leaving the club and, for whatever reason, these defendants became involved saying to the people get out you are not meant to be here anymore. A table was overturned by a group and then a fight begins."

CCTV captured all four men taking part in the fight where punches were thrown, people were kicked and snooker cues were brandished.

Mr Kesner said one of the victims was knocked unconscious during the fight, dislocating his shoulder. He was also left with a one inch cut on his head. Another man had a swollen arm, face and black eyes in the affray.

Andrew Hobson, defending the Bendig family, said it was out of character for both men to have behaved in that manner and the overturning of the table had sparked the "short-lived but unpleasant" event.

Both members of the Bendig family were given a four month curfew from 7pm to 5am and each ordered to pay £100 compensation and £100 costs.

Scerba senior was given a three month curfew from 7pm to 7am and ordered to pay £100 compensation and £60 costs.

Scerba junior was jailed for one month for affray, plus 12 months for other incidents on a different date including possession of a knife and theft.

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  • Studley1975  |  February 08 2013, 8:53AM

    With 'Striking Bikes' Next Door They Should Re-Name The Club 'Striking Cues' :0)

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  • thomas1996  |  February 06 2013, 7:05PM

    Looks like a right dump.

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  • lindenengine  |  February 06 2013, 3:32PM

    Didn't know Snooker had become a contact sport! If it develops further who knows, it might even become an Olympic sport and Gloucester lads would have a chance at a gold medal!

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  • valhalla2010  |  February 06 2013, 12:19PM

    How would they do that charlesm1? 'Czechoslavakia' has not existed for nearly 20 years!

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  • charlesm1  |  February 06 2013, 8:50AM

    Would have been cheaper and safer to put them back on the next plane to Czechoslavakia.

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