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Jail for man who 'punched some big fat ginger kid'

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

Gloucester Crown Court

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A 22-year-old Shurdington man unleashed such a ferocious attack on a 'peacemaker' in a Gloucester night club that he broke his own knuckle, a court heard today.

Darren Wenban might have got away with the assault if he had not gone on to cause trouble in a Gloucester kebab shop and get arrested, Gloucester Crown Court was told.

Because of his knuckle injury police took him to hospital - where a nurse asked how he had got it and he replied "I punched some big fat ginger kid.'

The nurse realised that a man matching that description was elsewhere in Gloucestershire Royal Hospital A&E and told police.

Officers then spoke to ginger-haired Samuel Sissons, who was being treated for a fractured cheekbone, swollen eye socket, and bloody nose.

He told them he had been assaulted at Liquid by a man matching Wenban's description and the police put two and two together,

Prosecutor George Threlfall played the court CCTV of the attack. He said it showed that Wenban got into a heated argument with another man in the club and it looked as though it could become violent.

Mr Sissons moved forward to try to separate the pair and defuse the situation but was punched to the ground by Wenban, who then hit him eight times. Others also joined in the attack.

Mr Threlfall said Wenban was of previous good character but had received a police caution in 2008.

Wenban admitted unlawfully wounding Mr Sissons in the club on June 15 last year.

He was jailed for a year.

Judge William Hart told him "This was a sustained and repeated assault on the victim. Indeed it was a ferocious attack on him, as the CCTV makes only too graphic.

"The victim in this case stepped in as a peacemaker because he thought there was going to be some difficulty. You, because you were drunk, misunderstood what he was trying to do and the degree of threat he posed, which was non-existent."

Once Mr Sissons had gone to the floor he was 'pummelled' by Wenban, said the judge.

"He had done nothing to deserve it. It was a nasty piece of drunken violence in a public place in front of others. For this sort of gratuitous sustained violence I am afraid there can only be one type of sentence."

Frazer Stewart, defending, had urged the judge to suspend the sentence in view of Wenban's good record and the fact he has a job and a family.

"He is ashamed of what he has done," Mr Stewart said. "He has well and truly learned his lesson.

"He lives with his partner and young child. He does not drink heavily on a regular basis.

"He accepts his actions on this night were entirely untoward and he certainly went too far."

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