Glass thrown in Mildenhall barbecue row

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A man who punched his own brother and put another man in hospital following an argument at a barbecue has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Michael Bozward, 30, formerly of Mildenhall and how living in George Street, Brandon, appeared today at Ipswich Crown Court. He had pleaded guilty to assaulting William Bozward and causing actual bodily harm to David Evans on August 3 last year.

Prosecuting, Matthew Sorel-Cameron said Michael Bozward, with his brother, Mr Evans and some friends had gathered for a barbecue in the garden of a house in Rowan Walk, Mildenhall during which there was ‘steady’ drinking.

During the event Mr Evans appeared to be feeling low and told the others he was going into the house because he wanted some time by himself, said Mr Sorel-Cameron.

Both the Bozward brothers followed Mr Evans and tried to talk him into re-joining the group outside but an argument then developed between him and Michael Bozward.

Bozward had begun shouting at Mr Evans, then punched him in the face before William Bozward tried to calm the situation, Mr Sorel-Cameron said. The court heard Michael Bozward punched his brother in the head.

Mr Sorel-Cameron said it was then that Michael Bozward picked up a glass tankard and threw it. It smashed over Mr Evans head.

Mr Evans was briefly knocked unconscious and was taken to hospital where doctors treated him for a laceration to his scalp and abrasions to his forehead. Doctors removed six pieces of glass from his wounds.

Mr Sorel-Cameron said Mr Evans had only a ‘hazy’ recollection of the attack and spent two days in hospital.

In a statement, Mr Evans said the attack had caused the loss of a day’s memory, made him nervous of going to Mildenhall and he suffered flashbacks affecting his sleep.

The court heard Bozward had 19 previous convictions for 35 offences, though none were for violence.

Defending, Joanne Eley said Bozward had not intended to injure Mr Evans and had thrown the tankard at a wall but it bounced off and struck him.

She said Bozward had expressed remorse and appeared to have insight into the consequences of his actions. He was no longer drinking and spent much of his time at home with his partner and their young child.

Sentencing him, Judge David Goodin told Bozward: “Plainly this was a social event and I am sure you went there without any intention that it would end in violence.

“In the event, fuelled I have no doubt by alcohol, before you threw the glass you definitely demonstrated some hostility to Mr Evans.”

Judge Goodin imposed a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for two years with a requirement for Bozward to complete 120 hours of unpaid community work and to be under Probation Service supervision.

In addition, Bozward must participate in the Thinking Skills Programme and pay Mr Evans £200 compensation.