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Man escapes jail sentence after pub row

PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

A MAN who forced a broken end of a pool cue into the face of a man he accused of cheating has narrowly escaped a jail sentence.

Sentencing Andrew Moye at Ipswich Crown Court Judge John Devaux said a nine-month jail term would have been appropriate for what he had done.

A MAN who forced a broken end of a pool cue into the face of a man he accused of cheating has narrowly escaped a jail sentence.

Sentencing Andrew Moye at Ipswich Crown Court Judge John Devaux said a nine-month jail term would have been appropriate for what he had done.

However he felt able to make Moye, 38, of New Cut, Hadleigh the subject of a 12-month community rehabilitation order and a curfew order every night between 8pm and 5am from May 20 to September 23.

Judge Devaux also ordered Moye to pay £700 compensation to Richard Snowling the victim of the attack.

Robert Sadd, prosecuting at the court case on Monday said that Moye had admitted assaulting Mr Snowling causing him actual bodily harm. He said there was a background of ill feeling between the men and 12 days before the incident with the pool cue, a conditional discharge imposed by magistrates on Moye for an earlier offence of common assault on Mr Snowling had expired.

On the night in question Mr Snowling and Moye had been playing pool in the Cock Pub in Hadleigh and Moye had accused Mr Snowling of cheating.

Moye had hit Mr Snowling several times on the head with the pool cue and had forced the broken end of the cue into Mr Snowling's face causing a cut under his eye which needed three stitches.

Peter Fenn for Moye said his client had been taking medication for depression and had been drinking on the night in question.


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