Man jailed over alleyway golf club attack

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A MAN who attacked a rival with a golf club after he challenged him for threatening a pregnant woman has been sent to prison.

Witnesses described how Ryan Palmer used “sickening force” during the attack with the weapon during a confrontation in an alleyway.

Palmer, 28, was jailed for 21 months over the attack which took place in Horbury, near Wakefield, on March 10 last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Palmer went to a house on The Shutt as he felt “aggrieved” with the woman who lived there.

A number of people were at the property at the time, including victim Matthew Blackburn.

Stephanie Hancock, mitigating, said Palmer argued with the woman, who was five months pregnant at the time, and became aggressive and threatening

Miss Hancock said Palmer threatened to “kick the baby out of her” before leaving the property.

Mr Blackburn then followed Palmer to remonstrate with him over his remarks. Palmer suddenly produced a golf club, an iron, and began attacking him with it.

Mr Blackburn tried to defend himself as he was struck to the head and back. He suffered grazes and cuts in the attack but was not seriously injured. Palmer then ran off but police were called and recovered the weapon in the alleyway.

Palmer, of Dudfleet Lane, Horbury, handed himself into police the next day. He admitted the attack but initially tried to deny that he had used the club as a weapon.

He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and having an offensive weapon.

Christopher Moran, mitigating, said Palmer had previous convictions but had not been in trouble for seven years and the attack was out of character.

Mr Moran said Palmer had hidden the club in the alleyway shortly before going to the property so he could defend himself if he was attacked. He added that Palmer was a warehouse worker with a young family who would suffer if he went to prison.

Jailing Palmer, Recorder Jonathan Sandiford, said: “The court cannot condone people arming themselves and then committing offences such as this.

“The harm done could have been so easily much more than this.”