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Jail for man in street attack.

A DRUNKEN partygoer who attacked a man with a hammer has been jailed for 18 months.

Defendant Trevor Gilfillan thought the victim had insulted his girlfriend by calling her fat and ran down a flight of stairs to launch the attack.

Warwick Crown Court heard how his victim was left with a deep cut and heavy bruising.

The victim was among a group of friends walking home along Portland Street, Lea-mington, after a night out when he spotted some people on the balcony of a flat.

Philip Parker, prosecuting, told the court Mr Goodale said something about there being "a bit of a party" to which a woman on the balcony shouted some abuse about one of their group's weight.

One of Mr Goodale's group responded, accusing one of the two people on the balcony of being fat.

A few moments later Gilfillan, 21, of Portland Street, came running out of the building brandishing a claw hammer and demanding to know who had called his girlfriend fat.

A fight ensued and the victim needed four stitches to a cut on his hand. His pounds 425 watch was damaged.

Gilfillan pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.

Andrew Lockhart, defending, said insults were traded by both parties and Gilfillan, who was "drunk", struck out twice but connected just once.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 12, 1999
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