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Man jailed for hitting friend over the head with a cricket bat in Gloucester

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

Josepth Brazil jailed for 15 months

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Irishman, Joseph Brazil, who told a judge in December “you will never see me again,” was back before the court after hitting a friend over the head with a cricket bat.

The 24-year-old was jailed for 15 months on Wednesday after pleading guilty to the assault which left Lee Silsby needing eight stiches in his head.

Gloucester Crown Court heard the pair had got into a drunken row in the early hours of April 12, this year, before Brazil of Beacon Road in Matson grabbed a knife from the kitchen.

Prosecutor Janine Wood said Mr Silsby managed to push Brazil away from him before leaving his home.

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But Brazil followed with a cricket bat and hit him over the head with it – leaving the bat smashed into two.

She told the court: “Mr Silsby could not remember much. He said as soon as he felt the blow to the left side he stumbled and felt dizzy. A witness heard a crack and screaming.”

Police arrived on scene and arrested Brazil, who had been drinking for 12 hours and shouted abuse at police officers while being taken to the station.

Mrs Wood said he said to them: “You English poms. I am Irish and I will stamp on your head.

“He said ‘all I did was hit him with the cricket bat. Has he made a complaint because if he has I will kill him’.”

Defending Tim Greaves said: “He was heavily intoxicated and cannot remember anything that took place.

“This was a stupid drunken mistake – they have been good friends for some time.

“Their relationship involved a lot of banter and it appears on that night that banter went a step too far.

“He has never behaved in a violent way before. These are the actions of a man that has drunk too much.

“There has been an expression of remorse and what took place is very much out of character for this young man.”

The court heard Brazil had a lengthy record, but no previous convictions for violence or public order.

He was on two suspended prison sentences, one for handling stolen goods, and another for stealing scrap metal, when he carried out the attack.

During his last court appearance in December, Judge Jamie Tabor QC was told Brazil had committed a series of crimes since arriving in the UK in March 2013.

He was told by the judge, it was his last chance, and Brazil vowed not to return to court.

But despite his promise, he pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon and racially aggravated threatening behaviour.

Recorder Jonathan Barnes jailed him for 15 months. He told him: “What happened is, I’m afraid to say, very serious. The fact you were in drink is not an excuse at all.

“You went after him armed with a cricket bat.”

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  • lewipaul  |  May 07 2014, 6:22PM

    So he will be out before Christmas.

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  • joner63  |  May 07 2014, 5:12PM

    no record for violence but what a record when he,s done his time lets hope this bag of **** is sent back to Ireland and not allowed back here but I guess that wont happen and were see this scum going through the court regularly

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