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Man jailed for Stafford pub attack

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

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A MAN who attacked a pub customer in Stafford was caged for 14 months by a judge.

Stefan Hudson punched and kicked Geoffrey Smart outside the West Way public house, leaving him with a broken nose.

There had been a confrontation between the two men inside the premises and Mr Smart had removed the defendant from the pub, Stafford crown court heard.

Fiona Cortese, prosecuting, said Mr Smart was initially knocked unconscious by Hudson's attack.

He was later taken to hospital and treated for a broken nose and extensive bruising.

Hudson, aged 20, of Rowley Close, Cannock who admitted a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm, was sent to youth custody.

Judge Simon Tonking told him: "I accept things started to go wrong for you on 13 October when Mr Smart approached you in the West Way, accused you of something you hadn't done and physically removed you from the pub. But that incident was over and done with.

"I'm prepared to accept you didn't wait around a little later on just to see him. [But] you reacted with violence, not only punching him twice, but then kicking him two or three times to the body. You used your boot as a weapon."

The court heard that Hudson had a string of previous convictions including an offence of grievous bodily harm.

Miss Cortese said Hudson was idientified from the cctv recording at the pub, but after being arrested initially denied assaulting Mr Smart. He accepted being challenged inside the pub and ejected, but was waiting outside for a friend.

Joanne Clark, defending, said: "He didn't remain in the area with the intention of assaulting Mr Smart, however when he saw him leave the pub, he was so angry how he had been treated in the pub."

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