Duo banned from all county’s pubs

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Two men have been banned from all clubs and pubs in Suffolk after assaulting a man in Mildenhall.

Craig James Garnett, 25, of Larkfield Lane, Southport, and Michael Ledwith, 31, of Burnaston Road, Leicester, pleaded guilty to assault by beating when they appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Prosecuting, Alan Wheetman said the two men were in Suffolk as part of their job fitting solar panels.

He said the victim, James Pigerham, told police he was in the Maids Head pub at around 11pm and overheard the pair asking for drugs.

He said: “The victim said he may be able to sort them out and then said he would take them to a taxi rank.”

Mr Wheetman told the court the pair followed the victim to a phone box but then as he made a call was pulled away and punched by Garnett.

“He fell to the floor and was punched in the stomach,” he said.

“A car pulled up and a man shouted ‘leave him alone’ and the victim ran away.

“The defendants caught up with him and attacked him a second time.”

Mr Wheetman said Mr Pigerham told the police he was kicked and punched while on the floor before a police car turned up and arrested the pair.

In mitigation, David Stewart said Garnett had no interest in drugs and was himself approached by Mr Pigerham.

He told the court Garnett admitted punching the victim once in the face but denied kicking him on the ground.

Representing Ledwith, Claire Lockwood said her client became suspicious while Mr Pigerham was making the phone call.

She said: “He recalls the victim coming at him and then defending himself.”

She said Ledwith also denied kicking the victim while on the ground.

In a victim statement read out in court Mr Pigerham said his right eye had completely swelled up, he had bad bruising on his legs, had sore ribs and that the incident had left him fearful of going out in Mildenhall again.

Both men were handed a 12 month community order with a prohibited activity order not to enter any pub or club in Suffolk.

The pair were also made to pay £85 each in court costs, a £60 victim surcharge each and wer both made to pay £100 to the victim.

Ledwith also admitted to breaching a conditional discharge from August last year,.

He was told the order would continue.


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