Man knocked out dad in ‘unprovoked’ birthday attack

Court news.
Court news.

A man who knocked his father out during an unprovoked attack on his birthday was given a suspended jail sentence.

Josh Andrew, 21, was caught on CCTV as he repeatedly threatened his father with a bar stool during a drinking session in Boston’s Jolly Crispin pub.

Lincoln Crown Court heard on Friday how Andrew also threw a number of blows at his father who was unconcious on the floor when police arrived.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said Andrew could be seen brandishing a bar stool but it was not clear if at any point it connected with his father.

When police arrived Andrew’s father had been knocked out cold and blood was pouring from his face. He had suffered a nasty cut under his left eye but refused to make a statement to officers when he regained conciousness.

Mr Scott said the only evidence against Andrew came from the pub’s CCTV. Mr Scott told the court it was clear Andrew’s father did not want any trouble and was trying to avoid the confrontation.

“Once his father had been knocked out Andrew did show immediate remorse,” Mr Scott added.

David Eager, mitigating, told the court Andrew had been working with his father on the land but had been unable to do so since the incident.

Mr Eager said Andrew regretted straight away what he had done when he saw his father on the ground.

Andrew, of Skirbeck Road, Boston, admitted a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm following the incident on 11 July last year.

He was sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for two years, ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in the community and placed under the supervision of a probation officer for two years.

Passing sentence Stuart Rafferty QC told Andrew: “You pushed your father off his bar stool. When he stood up because you were still shouting at him, you attacked him immediately.

“You attacked him and punched him repeatedly, your father was knocked out flat.”