Man imprisoned for attack in pub

A young man has been sent to prison by magistrates for an attack on another man on a pub in December.

A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been imprisoned for 37 weeks after attacking a man and hurling a pint glass at him.

Jamie Lavelle repeatedly threw punches at Tony Hulland at the Kings Arm Pub in South Molton on December 15, the court heard on Thursday.

He then threw a pint glass at Mr Hulland, which he managed to block by closing a door, causing the glass to shatter.

Lavelle pleaded guilty to one count of assault and one count of criminal damage to a pint glass worth �1, belonging to Melanie Bell at the King’s Arms pub in South Molton.

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He chose not to be represented in court, telling magistrates: “I’ll be honest; I have gone beyond caring now with the whole situation.”

Mark Haddow, prosecuting, told the court Levelle had consumed around eight pints of Guinness before the incident occurred.

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The court heard witnesses had claimed Lavelle had been giving Mr Hulland ‘funny stares’ before the incident got out of hand and the men took it outside.

Mr Haddow said: “But it seemed Lavelle had picked on the wrong man, as Mr Hulland ended up knocking him out.

“In a police interview, Lavelle admitted he did not remember much of the night other than having his head smashed on the cobbles and waking up in hospital.”

Mr Hulland later gave a voluntary statement to the police, having received grazes and bruising during the assault.

Magistrates had no option but to sentence Lavelle, who refused to speak to probation, to custody.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks for the assault, seven days for the criminal damage and a further 14 weeks consecutively for not answering his bail application.

Lavelle had recently been released from prison in February for attacking someone with a glass.

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