One-legged thug jailed

Angry attack: Bret Ravenhill, with his false leg, lashed out after being shot in paintball.
Angry attack: Bret Ravenhill, with his false leg, lashed out after being shot in paintball.
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A ONE-LEGGED paintballer flew into a rage when shot at point-blank rage during a game, a court heard.

Bret Ravenhill took exception to being splattered and took it out on two players.

The 32-year-old swung his gun, knocking a 14-year-old boy to the ground, punched a marshal and then struck a 16-year-old boy in the face, Sheffield Crown Court was told.

Ravenhill, who was jailed for 12 months, made headlines in February 2009 when an electronic tag was fitted to his detachable false left leg by a security firm.

Judge Peter Kelson QC told Ravenhill as he sentenced him for the paintball attack: “Your behaviour on the paintball field was absolutely appalling.

“It is my experience that, despite all the warnings, sometimes people do end up being shot up. That does not justify anybody doing what you did.”

Stephanie Hollis, prosecuting, said Ravenhill was in an opposing team to the youngsters at Bawtry Paintball and Laser Fields, near Doncaster.

During the last game of the day, Jordan Jackson, 14, was eliminated and was making his way to the ‘dead zone’.

Forklift driver Ravenhill, was shot at close range and reacted ‘extremely’ angrily.

He turned to the 14-year-old and struck out with his gun, knocking him over.

Marshal Ian Duffy, 25, arrived and asked Ravenhill to calm down.

But when he grabbed him by the lapels, Ravenhill punched him, knocking his face mask off.

As he radioed for help, Ravenhill armed himself with a stick and told Mr Duffy: “Don’t do anything stupid or I will stab this in your neck.”

As Ravenhill walked off, he punched Matthew Griffiths, 16, in the face.

Ravenhill said he was suffering after losing his father to leukaemia six days previously and his cousin had bought him a paintballing session to cheer him up.

Ravenhill, of Rhodes Avenue, Great Houghton, Barnsley, admitted three assaults, criminal damage to a girlfriend’s car and breach of a suspended jail term.