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Lowestoft men jailed for attack on couple

PUBLISHED: 09:45 14 June 2011

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

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TWO Lowestoft men who left a man with a broken ankle and his wife with a broken leg after an argument outside a pub have been jailed.

Marcus Barnes and his wife Julie had visited the Suffolk Arms pub in Lowestoft and during the evening Mr Barnes had played a game of pool with another customer, James Mason, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Mason had won the game and Mr Barnes had felt he was being “cocky”, said Joanne Eley, prosecuting.

After the pub closed staff saw what they thought was a drunken scuffle between Mr and Mrs Barnes and Mason and his friend Wesley Hatcher.

Mason had punched Mr Barnes causing both of them to go to the ground where Mason had then bitten Mr Barnes on the thumb.

Meanwhile Mrs Barnes and Hatcher were seen pushing each other and as a result of one push by Hatcher Mrs Barnes had fallen into the road.

When Mrs Barnes was taken to hospital she was found to have a broken leg, the court was told.

Mr Barnes was found to have a fractured ankle.

Mason, 37, of Raglan Street admitted unlawfully wounding Mr Barnes and was jailed for 15 months and Hatcher, 34, of Hawthorn Avenue admitted unlawfully wounding Mrs Barnes and was jailed for 12 months.

Christopher Morgan, for Mason, told the court Mr Barnes’ main injury was caused as a result of him falling to the ground.

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