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Builders punch up in Ipswich club

PUBLISHED: 12:02 12 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

TWO builders fought in an Ipswich nightclub over missing tools, a court heard.

Simon West claimed his former work colleague Anthony Pattern punched him in the back at Chicago's night-club.

TWO builders fought in an Ipswich nightclub over missing tools, a court heard.

Simon West claimed his former work colleague Anthony Pattern punched him in the back at Chicago's night-club.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that a short while later West, of Cambridge Road, Kesgrave hit Mr Pattern over the head with two pint glasses.

Robert Sadd, prosecuting, said the two men had been involved in a dispute over some missing tools valued at £1,000.

West, 38, told police: "I was walking around Chicago's with my girlfriend on our way out. I saw Tony Pattern, I saw red, I just snapped."

The court heard that West walked over to Mr Pattern with a pint glass in each hand, he hit Mr Pattern over the head with the glasses which smashed as they hit the floor.

Mr Pattern suffered bruising and a small cut to his right eyebrow. West admitted causing Mr Pattern actual bodily harm.

Judge Nicholas Beddard heard that West had built up his building firm since he was 21, he employed two workers and supported his girlfriend and three children on the proceeds.

Judge Beddard said the offence was normally so serious that only a prison sentence would be justified but in this case there were exceptional circumstances.

He said West was of previous good character and a prison sentence would destroy his thriving business and jeopardise the livelihoods of others.

West was ordered to carry out 160 hours community service and told to pay Mr Pattern £300 compensation within two weeks.

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