Single punch left man fighting for life after Wetherspoon pub brawl

Single punch left man fighting for life after Wetherspoon pub brawl
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A man fought for his life following a bleed on the brain after being knocked unconscious in a one-punch attack outside a Driffield pub.

The man, who had to be treated in intensive care for two weeks, had previously been embroiled in an incident with Liam Fraser, 26, of West End, Kilham, but things between the pair took a turn for the worse while they were out socialising in the town on August 29 last year.

Hull Crown Court heard on Tuesday that while drinking at a Wetherspoon there was tension between the two men and after the victim and his friends were told to leave the pub, Fraser followed them to The Buck pub in Market Place.

Prosecutor Chloe Ogley told the court: “Mr Fraser messaged him [the victim] asking where he was and he told him he was in The Buck.”

What followed was a build up to the incident where Fraser knocked on the window of the pub and gestured the man to join him outside.

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Miss Ogley said: “They went down an alleyway and was arguing. The complainant came back and the defendant followed him around the street and what followed was a tussle between them.

“Witnesses said both appeared to punch out but the defendant’s punch hit him [the victim] in the head and he fell down and hit the road.

“He appeared to lose consciousness and the defendant walked away.”

The man was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary where he was treated at the hospital’s intensive care unit for two weeks but remained in a stable condition.

Miss Ogley said: “It was believed he had suffered a bleed on the brain and a small fracture. He has suffered hearing loss but doctors believe that will return to normal.”



Buck Hotel in Driffield

In a statement read out to the court, the man said: “Before this incident, everything in my life was coming into a good place.

“I can’t work at the moment because of difficulties and this has put pressure on the business. I’ve not been able to go out with friends. He has put me in this situation.”

Mitigating, Charlotte Baines told the court Fraser has no other previous convictions and 17 separate references for his character had been handed to the court.

She said: “He made full admissions and showed some degree of remorse in his interviews. He didn’t go out that night intending to cause trouble or serious harm. There has been a history between the two men – that doesn’t excuse what he did but does show there was a degree of provocation.

“He said in the police interviews he should have just walked away and gone home but he was drunk – that’s not an excuse but he allowed his emotions to get the better of him.

“It was a very short incident. He has many good qualities of his character. He has a very strong work ethic and he supports his community in a positive way. This was utterly out of character.”

Recorder Najib told the court Fraser was “very distressed and crying” when he was questioned by police on August 30 last year.

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He said: “You accepted that you should have just walked away.”

Fraser was spared an immediate custodial sentence and was instead made subject of a year-long sentence, suspended for two years for wounding without intent.

He must also carry out 100 hours unpaid work, 10 days rehabilitation and he will be on an electronically monitored curfew for four months.

Recorder Najib said: “I don’t want you going away thinking because you got a suspended sentence that this wasn’t very serious.

“I’m going to give you a chance. It is your first offence and you are a very young man.

“I hope you can learn that one punch can turn into something more significant.”



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