Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 17°C

Search

Pakenham: Farmer, 72, attacked man when long-running row over £20,000 baler escalated

12:51 14 March 2014

Victim David Eley of Suffolk Agri Centre

Victim David Eley of Suffolk Agri Centre

A 72-year-old farmer has picked up his first-ever conviction after assaulting someone in a row over a baler.

John Gooderham, of Morleys Lane, Gislingham, attacked David Eley at the Suffolk Agri Centre in Pakenham as a long-standing row over the £20,000 piece of equipment took a bad-tempered turn.

West Suffolk Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday how the confrontation unfolded in October, just weeks after the pair had supposedly settled their differences.

Gooderham went to Suffolk Agri and demanded to speak to Mr Eley. When he came out from his office and addressed Gooderham over the counter, a row ensued and Gooderham reached out and grabbed Mr Eley by his tie, pulling his arm back as if to throw a punch.

The court heard that witnesses reported hearing Gooderham say “I’m going to murder you, I’m strong enough to do this you know”, but Declan Gallagher, representing Gooderham, said his client disputed the exact wording.

Gooderham pleaded guilty to a charge of assault by beating, but Mr Gallagher went on to criticise the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing the case to court.

Gooderham, who had no previous convictions, only rejected a caution for the incident because he believed by going to court he would be able to resolve his row with Mr Eley over the baler.

The 72-year-old rejected the caution without legal representation.

Mr Gallagher said: “The Crown Prosecution Service took a decision to prosecute this man as you can’t go round assaulting people. It’s a very disappointing decision but there’s nothing to be done about it.

“The police were content with a caution. The victim was content with a caution. The decision to prosecute was made entirely by the Crown Prosecution Service, and I now have a 72-year-old man with his first conviction.

“He says himself, as a straightforward farming man, he asks nothing more than that he is dealt with on a straight basis. He’d spent considerable amounts of money and without the issue being resolved, he decided that he would take matters into his own hands and try and appeal to the sense of injustice and the sense of fair dealing he hoped would be present.”

Gooderham was let off with a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £90 costs - £75 compensation to Mr Eley and a £15 victim surcharge.

3 comments

  • He negotiated his own bale conditions. He reaped what he sowed. He admitted to the court that he had been irrational in that his whole position was based on a strawman fallacy. That's enough.

    Report this comment

    Gezoo

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • "Mr Gallagher said: “The Crown Prosecution Service took a decision to prosecute this man as you can’t go round assaulting people. It’s a very disappointing decision but there’s nothing to be done about it." It does not seem "disappointing" to me! As was said "you can't go around assaulting people".

    Report this comment

    Johnthebap

    Friday, March 14, 2014

  • It's hardly assault is it grabbing his tie and pulling his arm back as if he was going to hit him and he went to court for it what an utter waste of time

    Report this comment

    Megahman

    Friday, March 14, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

A man has contacted police after an image was released following an alleged assault in Bentley last month.

Today we launch the first in a series of features looking back at Ipswich’s past - its famous faces, prestigious landmarks and the defining moments that helped shape the town.

A Suffolk cystic fibrosis sufferer who used exercise and bodybuilding to boost his lung capacity is “delighted and relieved” after successfully completing his first ever half-marathon.

A teacher at a former Suffolk boarding school who was jailed for 21 years for sexually abusing eight pupils is seeking leave to appeal his conviction.

A restaurateur has praised the ‘honourable’ parents of an Ipswich thief involved in a ‘dine and dash’ after they paid the £147 bill their daughter and her fellow diner left behind.

A secret bidder last week paid £6,200 for the iconic Ed Sheer-Ham artwork from the Pigs Gone Wild trail and today we can reveal the real buyer was actually Suffolk singer and star of the new Bridget Jones movie, Ed Sheeran.

Alex Jackson tried to stand up after the seemingly innocuous tackle. The 6ft 1in, 15-stone outside centre was playing rugby for the first time in three years, returning to Hadleigh Rugby Club’s second team at the age of 25.

Ipswich councillor John Cook said they owed it to people who needed a Labour government most to get it together and create an electable party.

A stark picture of the level of deprivation faced by tens of thousands of people across the county is painted today in a new report sponsored by the Suffolk Community Foundation.

Rush hour motorists travelling towards Ipswich on the A12 faced delays this morning due an overturned car.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24