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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Boss admits ‘repulsive’ role in violent bar brawl

THE entrepreneur behind a go- kart and bowling alley business has admitted his part in a violent brawl.

Jonathan Chapman, 23, suffered injuries including a broken nose and stamp marks to his head and back in the fight – which started in the Grapes pub in Ulverston and ended in the adjacent alleyway.

Mr Chapman, of Cross Lane, Ulverston, was best man on the stag do celebration on July 7 last year when the melee unfolded.

The owner of Cumbria Karting and Cumbria Bowling in Barrow originally denied the charges against him.

But at Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday, he admitted two counts of using threatening words or behaviour with intent to cause fear or provoke unlawful violence.

The two other men involved in the conflict – Gareth Simpson, 28, of St Davids Road, Ulverston, and Adam Mills, 28, of Park Road, Swarthmoor – were last month sentenced to 12-month community orders after admitting the same charges.

The court was yesterday shown graphic CCTV footage of the brawl.

Miss Rachel Broughton, defending Chapman, said neither Mills nor Simpson sustained injuries and that Chapman threw only two punches.

She said the violent altercation “reflected previous incidents” between Chapman and Simpson.

Reading a statement from Chapman, Miss Broughton said he sustained repeated blows to his head in the pub.

Chapman accepted his anger was “out of order”, but the alcohol and blows “coloured his judgment” and he went outside into the alley and approached Mills as the fight spilled outdoors.

Miss Broughton said Chapman ended up on the floor and suffered a “shower of kicks” to the head.

But he was “saddened” by his own “repulsive actions” and accepted “his attitude contributed to the altercation”.

Chapman was sentenced to a community rehabilitation order.

He must spend 24 hours at the adult attendance centre, pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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