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A man has been left with an “annoying” click in his jaw when he eats after being attacked by “a feral group” on the streets of Mansfield.

One man has been jailed and three others given suspended terms after admitting affray following the Stockwell Gate attack at 3am on a Bank Holiday weekend Saturday in May last year.

Sentencing, Mr Recorder Stuart Sprawson said: “Nobody is safe when they walk the streets of Mansfield.”

Sitting at Nottingham Crown Court, he was shown a film of their attack on a man who was trying to get a taxi so a tipsy woman could get home.

The CCTV showed the man being punched, falling to the ground and then getting kicked before one of the attackers stamped on him.

Mr Recorder Sprawson said they mistakenly thought their victim had assaulted the woman and “took the law into their own hands”.

Described the men as “a feral group”, he said: “Nobody is safe when they walk the streets of Mansfield.

“You inflicted significant violence for your delight and pleasure.”

Joey Kwong, prosecuting, said their target had medical problems before the attack, but was left with cuts, bruises and damage to his jaw.

He said: “He had a cut lip and pain to the right side of the jaw. When he eats, the right side of the jaw clicks. It causes annoyance.”

Leon Payne, aged 27, of Blackwell Road, Sutton, who was already on a suspended sentence, was jailed for eight months.

Julia King, for Payne, said he threw the first punch, but missed before there was “a flurry of blows”.

She said: “He no longer goes out into Mansfield drinking. He is working seven days a week.”

Steven Anderson, 21, from Strawberry Bank, Sutton, was handed a 10-month prison term, suspended for two years. He was also given a three-month curfew to keep him at home on weekend nights and ordered to pay £240 costs and £100 compensation.

Sarah Phelan, for Anderson, told the court: “He is deeply ashamed and extremely embarrassed by his behaviour and wishes to apologise to the complainant.”

Paul Roberts, 27, of Lime Avenue, Sutton, who had never been in trouble before, was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. He must also obey a curfew for two months and pay £240 costs and £100 compensation.

Digby Johnson, for Roberts, said he threw three punches and was involved for “less than four seconds.”

He told the court Mansfield is a town where there is “sporadic violence every Saturday night, let alone every Bank Holiday”.

Finbarr Duffy, 26, of Warwick Street, Nottingham, was given an eight-month prison term, suspended for two years, as well as a curfew keeping him indoors every night for two months. He must also pay £50 to the victim and £50 costs.

Richard Posner, for Duffy, said: “It is fortunate no serious injury arose.

“He does not seek to use alcohol as an excuse. On viewing the CCTV, he felt sick and hated himself.”

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Four contract workers attacked doormen “like a pack of animals” when they were refused entry to a city bar.

Supervisor Kevin Matuszek, 42, and his fellow asbestos strippers Danny Matuszek, 19, Antonio Milonas, 42, and Scott Mallaburn, 29, had visited pubs and bars after they clocked off early while working away from home in Exeter on Friday, May 12, last year.

Newcastle Crown Court heard, after around seven hours of drinking, the men were refused entry to the Old Fire House by bouncers, who thought they appeared “boisterous” and drunk.

The refusal led to “all hell breaking loose”, with the men lashing out with feet and fists and even sandwich boards and bar signs being thrown into the pub’s outside courtyard, which was packed with drinkers. One woman witness described the ten minutes of violence, which was captured on CCTV and played in court, as “horrific”.

Four bouncers suffered varying degrees of injury while trying to protect themselves and the pub’s customers from the attack. Matuszek senior, of Fellgate Avenue, Jarrow, his son, Matuszek junior, of Gleneagles Road, Sunderland, Milonas, of Brackley Grove, North Shields, and Mallaburn, of Parkhurst Road, Sunderland, all pleaded guilty to affray when they appeared at Exeter’s city magistrates court. Their case was transferred north for sentence.

Judge Paul Sloan said the attack was “drunken, gratuitous violence” and told the men: “You took exception to the stance adopted by the doorstaff. “You began to be abusive and aggressive as well as threaten violence. “There was some pushing and shoving then the situation calmed down for a period. “Then, as described by more than one witness, all hell broke loose.

“Four doormen were attacked. “Punches and kicks were delivered. “A wooden advertising board was thrown at doormen, as well as other items. “One described you as behaving like a pack of animals.” Judge Sloan added: “One witness described the scene as horrific. “It was clear to her the doormen were trying to protect not only themselves but the customers within the premises.”

The judge sentenced all four men to 12-months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with 100 hours unpaid work, £500 compensation and £150 costs. Matuszek jnr, who has a previous ASBO on his record, has to complete just 80 hours unpaid work but has additional rehabilitation requirements.

The court heard all four men have criminal records but have not been in recent trouble and have all expressed remorse for their drunken behaviour. All have good work records with positive references and future employment prospects.

Jamie Adams, defending both Matuszeks, said the father and son are “ashamed and remorseful” about their involvement and accept their behaviour was disgraceful that day. Barry Robson, defending Milonas, said the dad-of-six is “ashamed” and did not usually drink while working away but had been that day.

Sunderland Echo

The incident subsequently led to a massive brawl that saw three men drive to the party and “brutally attack the children and destroy” a home

Conor Harper

Conor Harper


Three men who ‘smashed a Broadstairs house to smithereens’ in a brawl sparked by a girl’s shaved eyebrows have been locked up.

Ian McGill, 49, his son Charlie McGill, 20, of Dane Court Road in Margate and Colin Harper, 21, of Southwood Gardens Ramsgate were jailed today (December 8) after using physical violence and “beating up a party of young people and smashing a home to smithereens.”

The trio had denied affray and causing criminal damage but were convicted after a trial.

Canterbury Crown Court heard how on June 4 last year, a young girl had her eyebrows shaved as she fell asleep at a party, causing her to be “very upset”.

The incident subsequently led to a massive brawl that saw the three men drive to the party and “brutally attack the children and destroy” the home.

Prosecuting, Gregory Wedge said: “Injuries were caused and a lot of people suffered injuries that caused hospital treatment.”

Calling the actions by the men a “massive overreaction”, judge James O’Mahony sentenced Ian McGill, of Hereson Road, to three years in prison, and Charlie McGill and Colin Harper to 18 months in a young ffenders’ institution for affray and criminal damage.

Calling it a “brutal act”, Judge O’Mahony said: “There was a party at Broadstairs and Ian McGill, and Charlie McGill, with Conor Harper stupidly joining in, went to the house of one of the people concerned to teach them a brutal lesson.

“To use physical violence and beat up the party of people and smash the property to smithereens.

“Ian McGill had a knife and threatened to cut off the finger of a young boy. It was a frightening incident and an invasion of a home in the early hours and causing great damage.”

Pointing out that people who had nothing to do with the incident had suffered, he added: “What a great overreaction making people who had nothing to do with it suffer.

“Knowing that the young people there had nothing to do with the incident did not bother you and you did not care.

“Ian McGill, you were older but you drove the car there, instead of saying ‘hold on, let’s handle this some other way’.

“The young girls eyebrows was shaved which caused her to be very upset, but it was a massive overreaction.”

He also took into account that all three men had pleaded not guilty in the case.

Mr O’Mahony added: “You pleaded not guilty and tried to lie your way out of it.

“You said there was LSD being taken at the party but I completely reject (that).”

The courtroom, full of family and friends of the accused, erupted in a gasp as the sentencing was handed out.

Speaking after the sentencing, the owner of the home involved and mother of one of the children told Kent Live: “I am so relieved it is over. The judge was outstanding and told them off for what they were.

“My son was in the upstairs bedroom when one of the boys ran up to tell him they would kill him if he didn’t hide. My son jumped out from the first floor window in fear, knocking his teeth out.

She added: “At least three children jumped out of the window while another boy had a knife put to his fingers.

“They nearly destroyed my house and caused nearly £8,000 worth of damage. My living room was smashed to pieces and there was blood everywhere.

“They even said if the children told anyone they would find them and kill them. I am just relieved this is over.”

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Four men jailed over a back lane attack which left an uncle and nephew fearing they would be killed were like “a marauding pack”.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the disturbance happened in the lane behind Peel Street, Hendon, and followed on from a demonstration in support of an alleged sex attack victim last September.

Sean Ruffell.

Sean Ruffell.

Two Asian men were drawn into the back lane by the sound of their cars being damaged, including a brick being thrown through a window, with repairs running to £1,100.

The court was told they could hear the word “dirty” being shouted underneath the shutters of a back yard, as well as comments relating to colour and Muslims.

A number of the eight men involved in the fight which broke out – which involved a garden fork and another tool – were wearing hi-vis jackets bearing the word “warden” on them which had been seen at the march.

Prosecutor Vince Ward described the men as a “splinter group” from the demonstration and added: “It’s clear from the context of this situation that this was a racially motivated attack.”

Witnesses told police they saw the men being kicked and punched, even when they were on the ground and clearly unconscious.

They were both taken to hospital by ambulance after police arrived on the scene. The uncle was left in need of stitches, with injuries to his head and right eye and bleeding from his gums and chin, while his nephew had a cut to the back of his head and forehead and injuries to his chest.

The uncle told officers: “I thought they were going to kill me” while his younger relative said: “I didn’t think anything like this could happen in England.”

Philip Hackers, 38, previously of D’Arcy Court, Hendon, and now of Oak Avenue, South Shields; Gary Hutchinson, 45, of Gilbert Court, Sunderland; Sean Ruffell, 26, of Athol Road, Hendon, and Darren Kerr, 26, of Gartland Avenue, Grindon, were each jailed for 27 months after they all pleaded guilty to affray.

Daren Kerr

Ruffell was jailed for a total of five years, with another four months given after he admitted possession of an offensive weapon – a knuckle duster found on him when he was arrested while he was involved in a fight in Mowbray Park in the aftermath of the demonstration – and 30 months for three counts of possession of drugs with intent to supply, dating back to a raid on his home in 2014.

Hutchinson faces another two months in jail for two shoplifting incidents from supermarkets while on bail for the affray.

Hackers also admitted possession of amphetamine on the day of the march, but faced no further punishment.

Recorder Nicholas Barker told the men: “After the demonstration it’s clear all four of you and four others decided on a course and were intent on finding trouble and that was the driver for distorted and prejudicial views towards Asian heritage.

Gary Hutchinson

“At this time you were a marauding pack.

“You were prepared or intent on meting out violence in any way that met your perverted ideas.”

The court heard alcohol had been consumed around the march, which had played a part in the outbreak of violence.

Ruffell’s ex-partner Jerri Butler, 27, of St Lucia Close, Hendon, who was not connected to the march in any way, was given 16 months imprisonment for possession of cocaine with intent to supply and 12 months in jail for possession of cannabis with intent to supply – the same charges as her former boyfriend – suspended for two years.

The court heard she had been working at a youth and community centre while the offending happened and had to leave her job as a result of the charges.

Phillip Hackers
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A man who mounted a campaign of harassment against his estranged wife walked free from Norwich Crown Court.

Judge Mark Dennis QC sentenced Anthony Bamford, 55, of Runton Road, Cromer, to 16 months imprisonment for making threatening phone calls and sending messages to his wife in December last year.

Many of the messages were sent through their nine-year-old son.

After the offences Bamford was arrested and served seven months in custody, which combined with another 35 days he had served fitted with an electronic tag, was enough to see him go free yesterday.

His sentence was 62 weeks imprisonment and he was ordered to pay £500 compensation, and received an indefinite restraining with regards to his wife.

The court heard Bamford caused his wife great distress, and threatened to kill her and frame her for various crimes.

Mr Dennis told him: “It’s not only [your wife] that has been harmed but it is your son. You should be now with a very heavy heart.”

Bamford was also up for an offence of affray, along with his 31-year-old son, Andrew Bamford, of New Parade, Cromer.

This matter involved two separate assaults using iron bars and shovels against men working on a Cromer construction site on June 22 last year.

The confrontations were caused by an argument over an unpaid bill.

Mr Dennis said: “I have heard nothing to justify you taking the actions that you did.

“It is just brutal behaviour and it has now put you in court.”

Andrew Bamford was given a nine month suspended sentence for this, and was ordered to pay £500 to the victim and do 100 hours unpaid work.

His father was given a six-month sentence for the affray, but this was put down as concurrent to his harassment sentence, so he did not have to serve any extra time.

Both Bamfords were given a reduction in their sentences for earlier pleading guilty.

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A father and son broke down after being sentenced for their part in a brawl at a bar in Folkestone.

Jordan Manwarning, 20, and Paul Manwarning, 40, both pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and affray.

Paul Manwarning was sent to prison for the incident.

Paul Manwarning was sent to prison for the incident.

At Folkestone Magistrates’ Court yesterday (June 27) the 20-year-old was handed a 12 month suspended sentence for two years and stood next to his father in the dock as he was sentenced to 12 months. He will spend six months in custody and the remaining six on license.

The charges relate to an incident in January 21 at the Office Bar in The Leas.

Frances Lawson, prosecuting, said: “At 11pm two groups of young people were involved in an altercation in the bar, each group containing five individuals. One of the groups included the defendant, Jordan Manwarning.

“Forty-five minutes later he was seen returning to the bar with a group of males, including his father.

“They were seen holding weapons – Paul Manwarning had a baseball bat. Jordan Manwarning carrying a snapped pole or wooden stick.

“Their behaviour was described as aggressive and they were shouting ‘where are they?’

“CCTV footage shows Jordan Manwarning pushing his chest into members of the public trying to calm the situation down.”

Ms Lawson read out a statement from the bar manager who tried to stop the fight where she said it was the ‘first time in 13 years she had felt frightened’ while working at the bar.

‘An ugly incident’

Jordan Manwarning was seen throwing punches and being pulled back by his father who then swung the baseball bat.

It snapped on a man’s shoulder but the victim did not co-operate with prosecution in the case.

Defending, Kerry Waitt said it was unusual behaviour and he was sorry about the incident.

He told the court: “This is an ugly incident, a very disturbing and frightening incident for anyone present at the bar and not the sort of behaviour representative of my client’s ordinary conduct.

“He is remorseful and that is evident by his plea at the earliest opportunity.”

Phil Rowley, representing Paul Manwarning, agreed with Mr Waitt’s description of the night’s events.

He said: “It was an ugly incident and one the defendant is truly ashamed of his part in.

“He was not intending on involving himself in any unlawful behaviour that evening. He had spent the evening at his partner’s house and returned home once his three year old had gone to bed.”

Manwaring received a call from his son who was distressed and he arrived at the venue to help him.

He also said Mr Manwarning has previously suffered with anxiety and depression and stopped taking medication for this until the case started again.

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As Judge Branston began to read his judgement, the 40-year-old began to cry and put his head in his hands and called out ‘I’ll lose everything.’

His partner was also crying in the public gallery.

Judge Branston said: “Violence like this can not be tolerated. You are his father. you should lead by example and the example you lead by is an appalling one.

“You were the older man and a mature adult and your involvement was more dangerous.”

Jordan Manwarning was ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and subject to a curfew between 7pm and 5am.

Kent Live

A convicted killer who bit off part of a man’s ear and then mocked him by waving it about has been warned to expect a long jail sentence.

Ruben White, who has a previous conviction for manslaughter, left his victim Ian Hayward in need of reconstructive surgery following the attack in a residential street.

The 28-year-old, of no fixed address, denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, but was convicted with Liam Hudson, 28, of Station Road, Rainham, on a joint enterprise basis.

Hudson’s partner, former House of Fraser beauty sales assistant Amelia Waters, 27, of the same address, was cleared of the charge but convicted of the lesser offence of unlawful wounding.

All three denied affray but were convicted. Hudson was acquitted of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The jury returned unanimous verdicts after deliberating for eight hours and 23 minutes.

Judge Philip Statman said of the wounding: “This is a grave offence and unfortunately it involves violence in the street with premeditation and use of a weapon, namely teeth.

“We have a very ugly injury which has occurred. It is going to be long sentences one way or the other.”

Maidstone Crown Court heard the violence erupted on November 2 last year following bad feeling toward’s Mr Hayward’s family over a previous road rage incident.

His son Samuel had been with his wife Charlotte South and their six-month-old child in their Mitsubishi Shogun driving along Richmond Road in Gillingham.

Prosecutor Peter Alcock said they passed Hudson standing by an Audi A3 driven by Waters. They followed the Shogun.

Samuel phoned his father, who was working at a house nearby, to tell him about the situation.

When Miss South stopped at traffic lights, Waters pulled alongside and shouted: “Don’t smile —— —-, I will bite your —— nose off.”

Miss South replied that they had a baby in the car and she should back off.

She then drove to Cavendish Avenue where Ian Hayward was working. She went into the house with the baby.

The car containing Waters, Hudson and White stopped in the middle of the road and all three got out carrying bats.

They approached Ian and Samuel Hayward and made a group attack on them with bleach being sprayed.

Ian Hayward told of being held face down over a car bonnet when he heard a crunching sound.

“I initially felt very little pain but I just heard like a crunching noise, like somebody eating cornflakes if you like,” he said.

White, formerly of Kingswood Road, Gillingham, then held up a piece of his right ear saying: ‘I have got a bit of your ——- ear.’

Adjourning sentence until July 10, Judge Statman ordered reports on White and Hudson to assess dangerousness. He also ordered a report on Waters.

White, who was jailed for three-and-a-half years in January 2011 for the single punch manslaughter of Lithuanian Saulius Klevinskas, 35, in Gillingham, was remanded in custody.

Hudson and Waters were granted conditional bail. Waters’ father posted a £20,000 surety for Hudson, who will also be subject to a tagged curfew from 6pm to 6am.

Waters will be under a curfew from 8pm to 8am. She and Hudson will also be subject to an “exclusion zone” around Cavendish Avenue.

Judge Statman said of White and Hudson: “It seems to me there is no alternative to a substantial custodial sentence.

“This is grave violence and it needs the defendants to understand if they go about doing these things in revenge attacks or otherwise, they are going to go to prison.

“There is a history. Lord only knows whether I have heard the whole of the history in this case.”

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