December 11 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 17, 2013
An offshore worker who admitted assaulting a man and wounding a woman in separate attacks has been ordered to pay his victims more than £3,000 in compensation.
William Burrell, 30, has also been banned from two bars – Caesars Bar in Great Yarmouth and the bar at the Cliff Hotel, Gorleston, for two years after he admitted one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and another of wounding.
Burrell, of Kings Drive, Bradwell appeared yesterday at Norwich Crown Court where he was sentenced to a total of 20 months imprisonment, suspended for two years and given an 18-month supervision order.
It followed an incident at Caesars Bar on August 7 last year during which he punched a man and another at the Cliff Hotel, Gorleston, on May 5 this year where a woman suffered a cut forehead after being struck by an ice bucket the defendant had picked up and swung to try to cover her in ice and water after he had a drink thrown at him.
Burrell was ordered to pay the man £1,000 compensation and the woman £2,500 as well as £2,400 prosecution costs by Judge Nicholas Coleman who said the defendant had a “significant problem” and “clear desire to be aggressive” when drinking.
He said: “It seems darkness descends when you’re onshore drinking in public places.”
Richard White, prosecuting, said the first victim had to have his nose realigned as a result of the “unprovoked” punch while the woman suffered a 3cm cut to her forehead which had to be glued.
Michael Clare, mitigating, said Burrell’s conduct at Caesars until he jabbed out had been “exemplary”, having acted initially as mediator when he pulled back another man who started fighting in the bar.
But having been drinking, and with the adrenalin flowing Mr Clare said his “judgment was awry” and jabbed out because of his perception of a threat.
In the second incident, Mr Clare said “to say he was using the ice bucket as a weapon is wrong” adding he only intended to throw the contents of the bucket over the female.