Pub thug sent to jail for Christmas

A THUG will spend Christmas behind bars after launching an attack on a man in a pub and fracturing his wrist.

Steven Graham Iverson was locked up for eight weeks by justices at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court for the attack in The Clarendon pub, in Tower Street, which left his victim with the arm injury.

The 23-year-old appeared on bail at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.

But when chairman of the bench Geoff Morley heard an outline of the case, he and his two colleagues ruled that custody was the only option.

He told the defendant: “We have been persuaded to a certain extent that the damage caused to the victim reaches the low categories, despite the fact there was a pre-meditated element here.

“However, a custodial sentence is the only suitable punishment. It happened in a public place and there was harm that was caused to the victim. We would normally sentence you to three months imprisonment but we are reducing that to two months because of your guilty plea.”

The had heard that unemployed Iverson, of Stephen Street, Hartlepool, went to the pub on the night of October 3 where the victim was drinking with friends.

Prosecuting, Chris Atkinson said: “The defendant entered the pub and approached the victim and punched him a number of times to the head causing a small laceration to his right eye.

“The victim raised his hands to his face to try to defend himself and due to a blow which struck his right wrist, it fractured his right wrist.

“He then stopped and left the public house.”

He added: “CCTV footage was obtained which showed the assault taking place and the defendant was arrested some time later.”

Mr Atkinson said Iverson – who has 12 other convictions on his record – told police he had committed the offence as a result of a previous dispute between the pair.

Mitigating, Neil Taylor, said: “You hear that my client made full and frank admissions.”