Man swung sledgehammer at colleague at Christmas party

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A man swung a sledgehammer at a colleague during a drink-fuelled fight at a Christmas party in a busy Boston pub, a court has been told.

Carl Lewis is said to have aimed the tool at the head of a work mate who he believed had attacked his mother at the Spirit of Endeavour pub, where the group was drinking, Boston magistrates heard.

The 23-year-old claimed he picked up the weapon to defend himself when several people seemed to turn against him, but, on Wednesday, the bench was told a witness saw him draw it back and aim it.

Lewis, of Redstone Caravan Park, Boston, admitted using threatening behaviour and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said that on December 21, an argument developed between Lewis’ colleagues, which escalated into a fight outside the pub. Assistant manager Holly Bradley said about 20 people were involved in the fight.

Reading from her statement, Mr Clare said: “He (Lewis) took out a large sledgehammer. He raised it over his right shoulder with both hands and swung. I grabbed hold of it and took it off him. His actions seemed excessive, and it could have been so much worse if I had not taken it off him.”

In mitigation, John Storer said Lewis had only been holding the weapon, but accepted he should not have grabbed it.

He added: “He thought the man had hit his mother and he lashed out to protect her from assault.

“It was six of one and half a dozen of the other.

“It was just an alcohol-fuelled argument.”

Magistrates sent Lewis to Lincoln Crown Court for sentencing.