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JAILED: Attacker broke man's jaw after two pints at Walsall pub

By John Scott | Walsall | Crime | Published:

A father of two who launched a mystery attack on two men at a Walsall pub has been jailed for 15 months.

The victims had returned to the King Arthur in Liskeard Road moments after leaving, when one of their partners realised she had forgotten her bag.

They collected the missing item and were walking out when Gavinder Thandi suddenly spun round in front of pair and punched both men in the face, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

Stephen Newby was floored by the blow which fractured his jaw and was then kicked in the chest while lying motionless on the floor.

The other man suffered concussion after being hit twice by the 28-year-old attacker, said Mr Charles Crinion, prosecuting, who said there was no obvious reason for the violence.

Thandi, who was of previous good character had drunk only two pints, the court heard.

The two victims had played pool without incident before violence flared in the early hours of May 22 last year.

Miss Lynette McClement, defending Thandi, said: “He had been invited for a drink that night because it was around the anniversary of the death of his brother.

“There appears to have been an exchange between the men and something might have been said which was completely misunderstood.

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“He reacted quickly and violently. This was completely out of character for him.

"He was having a stressful time in his life and this culminated in what was perceived to have been an insult. This was an isolated incident which will never be repeated.”

Thandi, of Warwick Road, Sutton Coldfield, admitted two assaults and was jailed for 15 months by Judge Nicholas Webb who told him: “You were making your way through the foyer with Mr Newby behind you having retrieved the bag when, for some reason, you punched him, knocking him out.

"This was a most ugly, unprovoked incident and a dreadful thing to do”

John Scott

By John Scott
Reporter/News Feature Writer

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