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Pub brawl almost led to prison.

AN OFFENSIVE remark during a friendly get-together in a pub caused Matthew Taylor to lash out with his fists - and almost end up in prison.

The 24-year-old concrete erector, from Bridge Street, Hurley, appeared before Nuneaton magistrates when he admitted a charge of assault, occasioning actual bodily harm.

He received a fourmonth jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, and was told by presiding magistrate Tony Brueton: "You are a lucky lad.

"This offence was commited in a public place and caused severe injury to a vulnerable person but we have taken into account the fact that you have no previous record for violence, that you have a young family and your work situation.

"The sentence has also been reduced because of your guilty plea but you must accept that you will now spend the next 18 months with the Sword of Damocles hanging over you."

The court was told the defendant had gone with his partner to his local pub and had joined a group of friends. But the atmosphere turned sour when one of them made an offensive comment. Taylor punched him, causing a fracture to his eye socket.

The incident, which happened last October, was captured on CCTV.

Magistrates also ordered Taylor to do 80 hours of unpaid work over the next 18 months and to pay compensation of PS250 and court costs of PS165.
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