A dad who beat up his love rival in a Sheffield supermarket - then pulled down his victim’s trousers in an act of ‘gratuitous degradation’ - has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.
Phillip Windle, aged 53, ‘saw red’ and attacked his wife’s ex-lover - a long-standing family friend - when he came across him in the Middlewood Co-op in Sheffield, a court heard.
His 24-year-old son Jamie Windle has been locked up for nine years for joining in the attack, kicking and stamping on victim Ian Munting, leaving him with a broken jaw.
David Wain, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said both men played a full part in the assault.
“It involved the gratuitous degradation of the victim, including pulling down his trousers,” Judge Mr Justice Stephen Males told the court.
Addressing Philip Windle he said: “Some years ago there was an affair involving your wife, Jamie’s mother. “That caused great unhappiness within your family.
“Some time went by without any further problems, but a time came when you found out about it by chance.
“You came across Ian Munting, a long-standing family friend, in the supermarket. You saw red and you attacked him.
“You were the instigator of this, and Jamie came across the attack and joined in.”
The judge said Mr Munting was kicked to the body and head by both men.
The pair then pulled Mr Munting’s trousers down, ignoring the calls of bystanding shoppers in the supermarket to stop the attack.
“The injuries he suffered were serious, including a fractured jaw which has required considerable surgery,” said the judge.
“It happened in a public place with members of the public around.”
Andrew Swaby, defending, said Phillip Windle was ‘heavily convicted’ until 13 years ago when he had kicked a drug habit and turned his life around.
He said he and Mr Munting had been close - but when he saw him on April 18 last year he saw the ‘red mist’.
He said Jamie Windle had ‘acted extremely foolishly’ and joined in ‘on the spur of the moment’.
Phillip Windle, of Crofton Avenue, Middlewood, pleaded guilty to causing GBH with intent and was jailed for seven-and-a-half years.
Jamie Windle, of Raseby Avenue, Waterthorpe, was found guilty of the same charge following a trial, and jailed for nine years.