Trio receive suspended prison sentences over pub fracas

Published date: 07 January 2014 |
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THREE men – including a successful competition cyclist – have received suspended prison sentences for their part in a pub fight.

Daniel Anthony Blackwell, 25, of Nant Road, Connah’s Quay, Matthew Thomas Hewitt, 24, of Field Park, Connah’s Quay, and Thomas Mark Murphy, 26, of Wirral View, Connah’s Quay, received 10-week prison sentences, suspended for two years.

Blackwell and Murphy were ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and Hewitt – who the court was told could not do unpaid work – was made the subject of a licensed premises exclusion order for two years to include pubs, clubs and even supermarkets.

Hewitt, who also admitted damage at The Blue Bell pub in Hawarden, was ordered to pay £40 compensation for a broken window.

All three must pay £165 costs.

Flintshire magistrates told the trio they accepted that things had got out of hand.

All three had been on a night out, encountered another man outside the pub who was said to have produced a drill bit and brandished it, and they struggled with him and took it off him.

Defending solicitor, Phillip Marshall-Thomas said that if things had ended there, then it would have been all right.

But they then returned to the pub where the other man was punched and struck with the drill bit.

Mr Marshall-Thomas said that the defendants were all decent young men with good jobs.

A night out with friends went badly wrong, but initially it was through no fault of their own and they wanted to defend themselves, he said.

But subsequently it was clear that they had a case to answer.

There were aggravating features but he said custody would blight their lives.

Blackwell, an electrical engineer, was said to be a keen and successful competition cyclist.

He was sponsored as a cyclist and normally abstained from alcohol during the racing season.

The court heard that another man had denied a charge of possessing a drill bit as an offensive weapon and was due to go on trial.

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