Attacker jailed for ‘case of stupidity’

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Drinker Geoffrey Addy ‘settled an old score’ by breaking a man’s cheekbone with a single punch in a Barnsley bar, a court heard.

John Parker, aged 54, was having a quiet pint with his brother-in-law in Chennells on Wellington Street, when he was attacked.

Carl Fitch, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said Mr Parker took a seat, then Addy came over without warning and struck him in the face.

The victim, who knew his attacker, immediately felt ‘a lot of pain’.

He later needed hospital treatment for a fractured cheekbone.

The incident was captured on CCTV footage which was shown in court.

Addy told police he had no recollection of the incident, but accepted what was shown on the video footage.

The 62-year-old, of Laithes Lane, Athersley, Barnsley, was jailed for a year after admitting assault causing grievous bodily harm.

The judge, Mr Recorder Duncan Smith, heard Addy has 30 convictions for 65 offences, including violence.

Sean Fritchley, mitigating, said there had been ‘some history’ between the men.

Mr Fritchley said: “Addy says it was a moment of madness. He simply saw red. It was a case of stupidity.”