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Man bound over for family scuffle

PUBLISHED: 23:59 05 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:36 03 March 2010

A FAMILY scuffle at a Suffolk nightspot resulted in an Ipswich man being bound over to keep the peace for a year.

Robin Warner, of Fletcher Road, was originally charged with assault following a fracas with his nephew in Brannigans after relations between the two went sour over a sale of a van.

By AMANDA CRESSWELL

amanda.cresswell@eveningstar.co.uk

A FAMILY scuffle at a Suffolk nightspot resulted in an Ipswich man being bound over to keep the peace for a year.

Robin Warner, of Fletcher Road, was originally charged with assault following a fracas with his nephew in Brannigans after relations between the two went sour over the sale of a van.

But the assault charge was withdrawn at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court to build bridges between them.

Prosecutor Mark Brown told the court Warner, who works in the motor trade, punched his nephew in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. However, Warner disputes this and argued he pushed him.

David Goodin said there was physical "argy bargy" between the two, which resulted in 42-year-old Warner pushing his nephew to the ground in self-defence after fearing attack.

"This was a silly dispute," said Mr Goodin, who added this was the only difficulty there had been between the two families, which had otherwise got along fine.

Martin Smith, chairman of the bench, bound over Warner in the sum of £100, told him: "It is to enable both sides of the family to come together and ensure from your side there is no further unfortunate activity."

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