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Two jailed after thugs beat man with chair leg; Group 'behaved like a pack of wild animals'in horrific attack.

Byline: ELWYN ROBERTS Court Reporter

TWO men have been jailed following a pub attack in which a joiner was kicked, punched and struck with a chair leg.

They were said to have been part of a larger group which behaved "like a pack of wild animals", Mold Crown Court was told.

Cousins Nathan Underhill, 22, of Upper Bryn Road, Connah's Quay, received 16 months and Daniel Gelder, 24, of Lon Celyn, Connah's Quay, got 15 months after they admitted assaulting Glynne Jones at the Red Hall pub in Connah's Quay back in February last year.

They were said to have been at the pub with family and friends after the funeral of their grandmother.

Prosecuting barrister Anna Pope said that the victim Glynne Jones and his wife Rose had gone to the pub to celebrate a family birthday.

During the evening Mr Jones was subjected to abuse and eventually he went over to try and calm matters down.

He was punched to the side of the face.

He ended up on the floor where he was attacked by a group and was punched and kicked and hit with chair legs.

He curled up in a ball to try and protect himself.

Gelder was seen to take a running kick at his head and used a chair leg to hit him repeatedly.

Underhill was alleged to have used a bar stool to hit him repeatedly and kicked him to the face. The victim was left with blood running down his face and he needed treatment, including stitches, at hospital in Chester.

Miss Pope said that the victim later described those who attacked him as behaving like a pack of wild animals.

Judge Philip Hughes said he was prepared to accept that initially the defendants may have acted to defend a member of their family.

There had been a previous incident many years before involving Mr Jones and a member of Underhill's family but that should have been long forgotten.

But what they had done that night went way beyond what was necessary.

The judge said he took into account delays in the case and the fact that they had to wait six months between pleading guilty and being sentenced.

Gelder, an Airbus worker, told how he regretted getting involved.

Underhill had got involved initially to go to the aid of his father. Last week a third man Jeffrey Dennis Underhill, 45, of Upper Bryn Road in Connah's Quay, denied the assault on Mr Jones and a second assault on the complainant's wife and was cleared by a jury at Mold Crown Court.

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Date:Oct 22, 2014
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