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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Court jails man following attack in Wylam pub

A PRUDHOE man who attacked a drinker at the Ship Inn pub in Wylam has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

James Isaac Madine, who has previously served five years for biting off part of a man’s nose, pleaded guilty to affray at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday.

Madine (37), of Milton Grove, was also charged with grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon, but as the Crown Prosecution Service was unable to offer evidence, not guilty verdicts were recorded.

Prosecuting, Amanda Rippon, told the court that, on March 26, Stephen Bell had been drinking in the pub with a friend from around 4.30pm.

At 9.45pm, a woman entered and asked if he knew where someone nicknamed Pigeon was. Mr Bell said he did, but was unwilling to say.

On getting no further, Mrs Rippon said the woman then “stormed out”, before returning a short time later with the defendant, who said: “You’re being clever with my lass; you’d better tell us where Pigeon is.”

When Mr Bell still refused to comment, Madine – who, according to licensee Andrew Cook, was holding something in his hand – took a swing at him, leaving him with a cut on the neck.

Mr Cook called 999 and Mr Bell was taken off in an ambulance. The cut, however, was not serious as the major arteries had not been ruptured.

The defendant was arrested the following day and made no comment in interview.

Neither Mr Bell nor his companion was willing to cooperate with the prosecution.

Defending, Andrew Walker, said Madine had previously spent five years in prison for grievous bodily harm. However, he pointed out the offence had been committed 14 years ago.

After that, he had stayed out of trouble for a decade before being convicted of drugs and driving offences.

Madine, who is married with three children, should be given credit for a late guilty plea, considering there were “very unusual circumstances in that the victim, in effect, refused to cooperate with police at any stage”.

The judge, Recorder Keith Miller, said: “Mr Bell made a full and rapid recovery, but it is still a serious example of affray in a public place that involved a weapon, so an immediate custodial sentence is inevitable.”

Madine has already served around six months of the sentence imposed.

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