Attack at Leeds social club over dropped crisps

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A social club committee member suffered a fractured wrist after being attacked by an angry dad when she swore at his children for dropping crisps, a court heard.

Annette Murphy was punched in the chest during a row with Anthony Priestley at Main Line Club, in Bramley.

Leeds Crown Court heard the attack, which was captured on CCTV, happened after Mrs Murphy swore at Priestley’s two children of making a mess by dropping crisps as they played in the club.

The court heard Mrs Murphy was twice seen to stand over Priestley and remonstrate with him before he stood up and hit her once in the chest.

Mrs Murphy fell to the ground and suffered the injury but got up and swung a bar stool at Priestley.

Priestley, of Pudsey Road, was arrested after the incident, which happened on August 29 last year. He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Narinder Rathour, mitigating, said Priestley had acted out of character after being provoked by Mrs Murphy. He said: “Mr Priestley’s life revolved around the social club. He is a life member.” Describing the incident he said: “It was an overreaction by an over-protective parent.”

Priestly, who is now barred from the club, was made the subject of a 12-month community order.

Recorder Simon Jackson: “It is plain from the CCTV that it was the complainant’s repeated behaviour which caused you ultimately to lose you self control and your temper. It was a single blow and appears to have been in retaliation. The complainant tried to pick up a bar stool and strike you with it. But there was no excuse for what you did.”

Recorder Jackson refused an application to impose an injunction banning Priestley from the club.