Jail for yob who headbutted and robbed a man in a beer garden

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A HARTLEPOOL thug has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after he knocked out and robbed a man in the beer garden of a city pub after a row over a round of drinks.

Hartlepool man Peter Andrew Brant was locked up at York Crown Court after he admitted robbery of the victim who he met while drinking in York’s pubs.

The court heard that 33-year-old Brant had met the victim, Martin Tunnicliffe, while they were both socialising with their girlfriends on October 18.

Prosecuting, Helen Wheatley, said they went to the Crystal Palace pub, in Holgate Road, York, to play pool.

The group stopped on route for Mr Tunnicliffe to withdraw money from a cashpoint.

When they got to the establishment though, it was shut.

It was in the beer garden of this pub that Brant, of Ormesby Road, in the Jutland Road area of Hartlepool, attacked his victim.

The court heard that Brant was seen on security cameras to headbutt Mr Tunnicliffe, causing him to collapse unconscious to the ground.

The defendant then rolled him over and stole his phone and wallet.

The attack was not reported until pub staff found blood in the beer garden and watched CCTV footage from that afternoon.

The court heard that Mr Tunnicliffe, who had been drinking heavily, had no recollection of the robbery.

He only spoke to police about it when he saw press coverage of a police appeal for the victim to come forward, and put “two and two together”.

Mitigating, Andrew Teate, said that Brant knew what he had done was wrong, but was angry that Mr Tunnicliffe had not repaid money he owed for a round of drinks.

Brant was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment on December 2 and was ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.