Cy Podmore, of Davenport Street, Middleport, appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm.And, leaving aside his youthful breeding spree, this is his only step outside the norm?
The court heard victim Brendan Turner was on duty at a shop in Sandon Road, Meir, on November 11 when Podmore and a woman came in. The woman wanted to buy some cans of alcohol, but because it was after 10.30pm on a Sunday, the shop’s licence did not allow it.
A row ensued when Mr Turner tried to stop her walking out with the cans.
Paul Spratt, prosecuting, said: “The defendant’s attitude changed completely.
“He delivered what the victim thought was a punch. It turned out he had been struck with a hammer.”
Of course not!
Podmore was said to have a ‘lengthy’ list of previous convictions, and was on licence at the time of the offence after being released from a previous prison sentence.*sigh*
Anis Ali, mitigating, said Podmore had ‘vowed to put his criminality behind him’, now he had a supportive partner.Oh, really?
The court heard his daughter was due to give birth to his first grandchild, which had also prompted him to turn over a new leaf.Ah. Right. The birth of his daughter clearly didn’t, but the birth of his granddaughter? That’ll work like a charm, I’m sure…
Judge wasn’t fooled either:
Sentencing Podmore to 10 months in prison, Judge Paul Glenn said: “It is my public duty to protect people like Mr Turner, who was simply doing his job and did nothing to deserve this.”If you took your duty a bit more seriously, you might have doubled that, so maybe he’d actually do ten months...