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Barrow man admits assaulting musician outside club

AN attacker punched a musician up to six times while he lay motionless outside a Barrow bar, a court heard.


Jordan Briley Staffieri, 18, assaulted Jon Dawes, who plays in the Barrow two-piece Paper Cranes, outside the Nines in Dalkeith Street on January 31.

Mr Dawes and sister-in-law Beckah Lloyd had earlier played at a charity night at the venue.

Ms Pam Ward, prosecuting, told Furness Magistrates’ Court, that Staffieri confronted Mr Dawes in the main concert room at 11.40pm.

She said Staffieri pushed Mr Dawes to the chest and caused him to fall backwards, before Mr Dawes “instinctively struck back”.

Adam James Thake, 19, appeared alongside Staffieri in court for his behaviour on the night.

Ms Ward said Thake removed his shirt, became aggressive and struggled as he was thrown out of the premises.

Staffieri’s attack on Mr Dawes happened outside the bar, with the complainant suffering injuries to his face and shoulder.

Ms Ward said venue manager Gary Wood reviewed the CCTV footage which showed Staffieri punch Mr Dawes to the head from behind – then punch him five or six times to the face while he lay “seemingly unconscious on the floor”.

Mr Wood described it as the “most horrendous” assault he had seen.

Mr Trystan Roberts, defending, told the court on Thursday that both defendants had been drinking. He said Staffieri had not been the aggressor inside, but conceded he “went completely and utterly over the top” outside.

Mr Roberts said Thake assumed a “threatening posture” in the Nines but did not throw any punches.

Staffieri, of Dominion Street, Walney, admitted assault. His case was adjourned until March 28 while a pre-sentence report is prepared

Thake, of Teasdale Road, Walney, admitted using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear or provoke violence.

He was given a 12-month community order and must carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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Only cowards punch from behind. Bet his mother is proud.

Posted by Bob on 25 March 2013 at 17:43

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