Man escapes jail over fracas in Sheffield pub

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A pub customer escaped jail after pushing over a man and leaving him with a broken shoulder.

Christopher Ashmore, aged 28, threw beer in Gary Marshall’s face before pushing him to the floor, Sheffield Crown Court was told.

The fracas at the Heeley and Sheffield pub on Gleadless Road, Gleadless Town End, was captured on CCTV.

Mr Marshall, 58, had drunk about eight pints and could be seen talking to Ashmore’s partner at the bar, said Michael Tooley, prosecuting.

He then got up from his seat, walked over to Ashmore and the pair had words and each threw beer at each other.

Witnesses saw some ‘pushing and shoving’ before Mr Marshall fell.

Ian Goldsack, representing Ashmore, said Mr Marshall was drunk while Ashmore had only popped in with his partner for a single drink.

“They were not really engaging with the complainant and doing their best to avoid him,” he said.

“Something happened and he reacted by throwing the contents of his drink at the complainant. He responded in like fashion.”

Ashmore, of Blackstock Road, Gleadless, admitted assault inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Judge Rosalind Coe said she accepted there was a degree of provocation.

“I accept the complainant had been drinking a considerable amount and was making a nuisance of himself towards your partner,” she said.

Ashmore was given an eight-month jail term suspended for one year and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid community work.