Alcoholic jailed after pub attack

AN IPSWICH alcoholic has been jailed for smashing a man's head against a wall as he urinated.Ipswich Crown Court heard how victim Joseph Conlon thought the unprovoked attack would never end and that he was going to die.

AN IPSWICH alcoholic has been jailed for smashing a man's head against a wall as he urinated.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how victim Joseph Conlon thought the unprovoked attack would never end and that he was going to die.

Mrs Recorder Karen Walden-Smith said Mr Conlon had been enjoying a drink with his wife at the Kingfisher public house on September 10 last year when he was assaulted by Andrew Brown.

Mrs Walden-Smith said: “Towards the end of the evening he (Mr Conlon) went to the men's urinals and was urinating when he heard someone come in.

“He was unexpectedly and violently assaulted. His head was thrust into a tiled wall and he fell to the floor where he was thumped repeatedly.

“He said he felt the assault was not going to stop until he was dead, it was clearly a terrifying incident.”

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She added that Mr Conlon, who suffered a cut head and bruising was a “big man” but had been left feeling “distressed and vulnerable”.

Brown, 40, of Middleton Close, denied attacking Mr Conlon but was found guilty of causing him actual bodily harm by a Crown Court jury.

Charles Myatt mitigating said that his client was a supervisor and his imprisonment would jeopardise employment of his two apprentices.

He said his client had a “problem with alcohol” but had not offended for more than 12 years.

The court heard that in 1994 Brown was convicted of using threatening behaviour and in 1993 he was jailed for dangerous driving.

Mrs Walden-Smith said: “This was essentially an unprovoked attack in a public house.”

Brown was sent to prison for 12 months and ordered to pay Mr Conlon £200 compensation. No order for court costs was made.

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