A Wickhambrook man who punched someone in the face while holding a bunch of keys has been ordered to pay £1,000 compensation.
Dennis Barwick, 42, of Nunnery Green, has been given a year’s suspended prison sentence and
ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid community work. He was also placed on probation for 12 months and ordered to take part in an alcohol programme.
Barwick had pleaded guilty to wounding and causing damage to property.
Prosecuting, Peter Gair said the incident on January 7 happened after a confrontation in The Railway Tavern, Elmswell, after Jason Saunders saw his partner talking to Barwick and there was an exchange of words between the two men.
Mr Saunders told police: “I felt that he was going to attack me. I used the back of my arm in a sweeping motion.” Barwick fell down and was told to leave by the landlord.
While outside Barwick broke two panes of glass in a bay window, showering customers with glass. He returned to the pub and grabbed Mr Saunders from behind causing him to fall off his chair and then punched him in the face.
Hugh Vass, defending, said Barwick, a scaffolding foreman, was genuinely remorseful and the incident was out of character. Barwick was subjected to ‘significant provocation’ by Mr Saunders and not aware he was holding the keys, He had not gone looking for trouble.