A twenty-stone thug broke a man’s collar-bone by squashing him following an argument in a pub.
Michael Eldin, of St Lawrence Avenue, Snaith, was told that by kneeling on electrician Daniel Watson with his bulky frame, he could legally have been considered to have used a weapon.Not, one would assume, a concealed one?
Ian Philips, for Eldin, said his client had a partner and two children, but suffered ill-health and survived on benefits, and because of his thrombosis, was unable to complete a community punishment.Survived? I'd say he's doing more than just bloody surviving! It's clear he's not living a hand to-mouth existence, is it?
Well, not in the usual meaning of the word, anyway.
Judge John Dowse told Eldin: “Twenty stones of you coming to rest on the complainant caused him a broken collar bone.
“I can imagine the court of appeal would regard this as using a weapon. I accept in this instance the offence was out of character. Nevertheless, violence of this sort, must be punished.”Well, what did you give him?
Eldin was given a four-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £200 compensation.*sigh*