South Yorkshire man’s plank attack in ‘deplorable' street fracas
A middle-aged Rotherham man who battered his ex-partner's new boyfriend over the head with a piece of wood in a "deplorable incident" has been spared prison, a court heard.
Glenn Corbett rang his ex and asked her to speak to his current partner to correct a false impression, at 7.15am, on September 4, last year, prosecutor Stephanie Hollis told Sheffield Crown Court.
But when she refused, and he discovered that another man was at the address, Corbett flew into a rage and drove around there 15 minutes later.
The two men exchanged angry words on the doorstep, Ms Hollis said. Corbett hid in his van when the other man grabbed a baseball bat and smashed his window.
Corbett armed himself with a piece of wood from his vehicle, hit the man twice over the head causing "nasty injuries", and the pair ended up grappling on the floor.
Joy Merriam, mitigating, said Corbett, 47, of Kilnhurst Road, Rawmarsh, pleaded guilty to affray at an early stage.
She said he agreed to pay prosecution costs, and the court heard the other man was "not entirely blameless."
The Recorder of Sheffield, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told Corbett: "Two middle-aged men behaving like this. What a disgrace.
"At 47 to be up before a crown court is shameful. The less said about this deplorable episode, the better."
He gave Corbett six months in prison, but suspended the sentence for 12 months, and ordered him to pay £500 towards court costs.