Attacker ‘out of it’ on drink and drugs

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A man who threatened to throw a customer through a pub window has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Bryan Offord, 24, was one of two men who attacked Richard Gardiner as he drank with his partner and friends at the Horse and Groom in East Street, Sudbury, on August 14 last year.

Ipswich Crown Court heard on Thursday how Mr Gardiner had made a remark to Offord, who then helped to launch a violent attack.

Prosecuting, Michael Crimp said that Mr Gardiner was punched and kicked as he fell to the floor, where he was also stamped on.

Moments before the attack began, Offord, of Upper East Street, Sudbury, was heard to say to Mr Gardiner: “You are making me angry. Get out or I’ll throw you through the window.”

The court heard that Offord had added: “I have been to prison and I don’t mind going back.”

Mr Gardiner suffered a fracture to his leg, which left him on crutches and having to take painkillers, said Mr Crimp.

Mr Crimp said that the second man involved, who has so far evaded arrest, was said to have been responsible for kicking Mr Gardiner while he was on the floor.

In mitigation, Lindsay Cox said his client had not delivered any kicks, although he did admit punching Mr Gardiner. The other man involved had used more violence, he said.

Offord, who in 2012 was jailed for assault and theft, had pleaded guilty to an offence of assault causing actual bodily harm.

Sentencing him to 30 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months, Mr Recorder Guy Ayers told Offord: “You clearly have a problem with your temper.

“On this occasion, you were not only in drink but had taken other substances. You were out of it.”

Offord was ordered to participate in an 18-month drug rehabilitation programme and a 12-month alcohol treatment programme.