Man knocked out as beer glass thrown

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A man who punched his brother in the head before putting another man in hospital when he threw a glass tankard has avoided jail.

Violence involving 30-year-old Michael Bozward erupted at a Mildenhall barbecue last summer, Ipswich Crown Court heard on Monday.

Bozward admitted assaulting William Bozward, and causing actual bodily harm to David Evans.

He was sentenced to 10 months jail, suspended for two years, ordered to complete 120 hours unpaid work and pay £200 compensation to Mr Evans.

Prosecuting, Matthew Sorel-Cameron said Bozward, his brother William, Mr Evans and a group of friends had gathered in the garden of a house in Mildenhall during which there was “steady” drinking.

Mr Sorel-Cameron said an argument developed between Mr Evans and the defendant.

Bozward, formerly of Mildenhall, but now living in Brandon, began shouting at Mr Evans and then punched him in the face.

William Bozward tried to intervene, said Mr Sorel-Cameron, and was punched in the head by his brother.

He later said the blows were some of the hardest he had received.

The court heard the defendant picked up a glass tankard and threw it. It smashed over Mr Evans’ head, rendering him briefly unconscious.

He was taken to hospital where doctors removed six pieces of glass from his wounds. He spent two days in hospital.

In a statement, Mr Evans said the attack resulted in the loss of an entire day’s memory and made him nervous of going into Mildenhall.

The court heard that Bozward had 19 previous convictions for 35 separate offences, although none had been for violence.

Mitigating, Joanne Eley said Bozward had not intended to injure Mr Evans. He had thrown the tankard at a wall, but it bounced off and struck him. “He clearly has an issue with his temper control. It is something that needs to be addressed,” she said.

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.”