VIDEO: Plymouth dad of three jailed for pub pool cue attack
A father who hit another man in the face with a snooker cue has been jailed.
Sean Pinder, aged 34, attacked the man with a broken cue at a city pub, Plymouth Crown Court was told.
Pinder, of Wolverwood Lane, Plympton, pleaded guilty to assaulting Nathan Casey causing actual bodily harm on January 27 and was jailed for a year.
The father-of-three assaulted the man in the Post Office Inn on the nearby Ridgeway after he had watched a football game with family and friends, the court heard.
Julia Cox, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told the court there had been an interaction between the defendant and the victim before the attack.
The court heard how the defendant had been making a disturbance in the pub and attempting to attract the attention of the victim.
Ms Cox said Mr Casey had told the defendant to “stop acting like a child” and if he couldn’t handle his drink he should sit down.
The court heard how later that evening Pinder asked a barman for a pool cue, which he believed to be for a game.
CCTV from the pub was then shown in court where Pinder walked over to Mr Casey and hit him over the left side of his face, making him fall to the floor where the defendant continued to hit him.
More people in the pub then got involved including Neil Lott, aged 33, who always denied causing actual bodily harm to Paul Yearling.
Lott, of Fernhill Close, Ivybridge, was formally found not guilty after it was ruled the Crown Prosecution Service had insufficient evidence against him.
Following the incident Mr Casey was left with extensive damage to his teeth and a cut inside his mouth.
The court heard how the victim has already paid for £700 worth of treatment and how he still has a further £1,000 to pay for the dental work.
The court heard how Mr Casey continues to feel pain and discomfort in his mouth.
Defending Pinder, Ali Rafati told the court how Pinder has three children, aged 11, 10 and six, and works as a forklift driver. His pay went towards his children and their upkeep.
Mr Rafati said: “He is peddling hard to stay afloat. He is taking responsibility for his children and their needs.”
Mr Rafati said he could not condone Pinder’s “thuggish” behaviour on that night.
“There is evidence that there were some comments being thrown back and forth that made the defendant behave in this way,” he said.
“The defendant was unconscious for a period of time from people punching him on the floor.
“He says he is appalled and disgusted by what he did and apologises to the victim for the injury and ongoing treatment.”
Mr Recorder Paul Dunkels QC said: “You have pleaded guilty to a serious offence of violence. You were drunk and abusive.
“You used half of the snooker cue to make it more of a weapon and delivered a heavy blow to his head and I can see from the CCTV you aimed for his face.
“This has caused extensive dental treatment and the victim has been left with anxiety.”
Pinder was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.