Jailed for drunken attack in Leeds bar

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A thug who was caught on camera punching a man out cold in a mass bar room brawl has been jailed for 12 months.

Michael Pearson “caused mayhem” in the music room of the Railwaymen’s club, Armley, by showering people with glass when he threw his drink before carrying out the attack.

Leeds Crown Court was shown footage of the incident in which he went around the bar throwing punches before attacking victim Thomas Cole.

Mr Cole was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken jaw in the attack on December 9 2011.

The court heard trouble started following a disagreement with two groups of people near to the bar.

Michael Smith, prosecuting, said the barman began asking people to leave the premises and tried to usher people out as he feared the situation was about to escalate.

Footage showed men and women pushing each other and being restrained before Pearson threw the glass, which led to violence breaking out. Pearson can clearly be seen striking Mr Cole in the face and knocking him to the ground.

Mr Smith said: “Mr Cole doesn’t remember being knocked out but remembers being on the floor with blood in his mouth.”

He was taken to hospital after the incident and had to have surgery to have a metal plate inserted into his face. Pearson, 23, of Butterbowl Lawn, Farnley, left after the attack and was not arrested by police until eight months later. He continued to deny the attack and claimed he was not the person on the footage.

He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm. The father-of-two also admitted possession of cannabis over a separate incident after he was found with the class B drug when police searched him in a park.

Graham Parkin, mitigating, said Pearson recognised he had a problem with violence when in drink. Mr Parkin said Pearson had contacted landlords involved with his local pub watch scheme in order to bar himself from licenced premises. The solicitor added that Pearson had not committed any offence in almost two years since the attack and was working hard.

The Recorder of Leeds, judge Peter Collier QC, said: “This was a most dreadful assault. There came a stage where you picked up and threw a glass across the public bar which shattered.

“This caused mayhem to break out. You then went over and joined the mayhem.”


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