Fists flew outside a Hartlepool social club as row broke out when partygoer was attacked while having cigarette

Fists flew on the day of an engagement party at a social club, a court was told.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 2:55 pm
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 7:25 pm

CCTV footage showed the outdoor punch-up when an old family feud flared up and a man was taken to hospital with an injured nose.

Lee Wilmott, 50, an uncle of the groom-to-be, had gone outside for a cigarette when he was attacked by a father and daughter and a friend, said prosecutor Emma Atkinson.

The CCTV shots at the Catholic Club in Marlowe Road, Hartlepool, showed guests pouring out to rescue him.

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The case was heard at Teesside Crown Court.

It prompted the judge at Teesside Crown Court to comment it ‘should have been a happy occasion’.

Miss Atkinson said Kelly Bradley, 41, rushed at Mr Willmott on July 14, 2018, shouting: “What are you doing at this club, it’s our club.”

Her father Terence Bradley, 59, then ran up and he punched Mr Willmott in the face.

He managed to push Bradley away and then James Rooney, 40, joined in the attack before he was pulled away.

Rooney had previous convictions for violence, and she added: “I would invite My Lord to consider compensation for the injury sustained.”

Rachel Landon, defending Terence Bradley, who arrived at court on crutches, was unsuitable for unpaid work as a punishment because of his health.

Stephen Constantine, defending Kelly Bradley, said that she was a shift worker and she was prepared to pay compensation.

Andrew Teate defending Rooney said that he had stayed out of trouble for some years and that he had built a new life for himself.

Judge Paul Watson QC told Rooney and the Bradleys, who all pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm assault: “It was really disgraceful behaviour on what should have been a happy occasion.”

Rooney, of Kimbrace Road, Hartlepool, was ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work with a 12-month community order and £350 compensation at £20 a week

Kelly Bradley, of Beacon Walk, Hartlepool, was ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work with a 12-month community order and £150 compensation at £10 a week, and Terence Bradley of Dryden Road, Hartlepool, was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £150 compensation.