Chef told to deal with drink issue

A Boxford chef who used a fence post as a weapon to fight a gang of men has avoided jail.

Aran Henderson, who works at The Fleece pub, knocked a man unconscious with the length of wood after he was insulted about his clothing and his young son following a drink-fuelled night out in Sudbury.

The 28-year-old, from Hyde Road in Sudbury, had already pleaded guilty to a charge of affray when he appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

The court heard how Henderson had come across four men in East Street at around 3.30am on June 24 after leaving Infinity Nightclub.

He had then become embroiled in an argument with the group and had struck two men with a fence post – which he found nearby – knocking one unconscious.

During a previous hearing, Anne Gray, in mitigation, said her client had faced jibes about what he was wearing and his eight-month-old son. She said his reaction was due to drinking too much – a problem exacerbated by a fall-out with his partner earlier in the day.

Mrs Gray added that Henderson was fortunate those he attacked were not seriously hurt.

Magistrates sentenced Henderson to eight months in prison suspended for 18 months. He was placed under a supervision order and told to attend alcohol and anger management programmes.

Henderson was also ordered to pay compensation of £100 to Danny Lynn, £50 to Ryan Pilgrim and £85 court costs.