Man in court over violent pub attack

A Wickhambrook man who launched a violent attack in a pub has been handed a suspended jail term.

Dennis Barwick, 42, of Nunnery Green, was also ordered to complete 200 hours’ unpaid work and pay his victim £1,000 compensation.

Ipswich Crown Court heard on Friday how Barwick was holding keys when he punched Jason Saunders in the face, resulting in permanent scarring, at The Railway Tavern at Elmswell, near Stowmarket, in January. Barwick pleaded guilty to wounding and causing damage to a property at an earlier hearing.

Peter Gair, prosecuting, said the pair had previously been on good terms but recently fell out. He said they began exchanging angry words after Mr Saunders saw his partner talking to Barwick.

Mr Saunders, who told police he thought he was going to be attacked, knocked Barwick to the floor after moving his arm back “in a sweeping motion”, Mr Gair said.

Barwick shattered two panes of glass, showering two customers with shards, after being ordered outside by the landlord and hit Mr Saunders in the face, causing two cuts, on returning to the pub later.

Mr Saunders said: “Dennis had a sharp object in his right hand. I was only aware of this when it was jabbed into my face. I felt instant pain. I was covered in blood.”

Mr Gair said it later emerged Barwick was holding keys when he hit him.

Hugh Vass, mitigating, said his client was “genuinely remorseful” but had been subjected to “significant provocation” and was unaware he had keys in his hand.

Barwick was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months along with a 12-month supervision order and a 10-day alcohol treatment programme.