Man spared jail after ‘disgraceful’ attack

AN INGOLDMELLS man who carried out an unprovoked attack with a washing line pole was spared jail for the “disgraceful” assault last week.

Martyn Leary was given a six month suspended prison sentence for the offence at Lincoln Crown Court last week.

The court heard that he had swung the hollowed out steel pole at Trevor Godfrey’s head after ordering him to clear his possessions from a lock up garage in Ingoldmells.

Mr Godfrey suffered grazing and swelling which took eight days to go down after one of the blows connected with the side of his head as he tried to defend himself.

Leary, of Mill View Close, Ingoldmells, had denied causing Mr Godfrey actual bodily harm following the incident on 10 April last year but was convicted by a jury after a five day trial.

Leary, 47, was cleared of a second charge of witness intimidation.

The court heard the two men had fallen out after Mr Godfrey was asked to escort Leary from a pub where he was singing.

In mitigation the court was told Leary had retrained as a chef after giving up his previous career as a brick layer.

Passing sentence Judge Sean Morris told Leary this was a “drunken, disgraceful episode.”

Judge Morris told him: “Fortunately for you the actual harm caused by you was not that bad, put picking up a weapon clearly crosses the custody threshold.”

Leary was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years, ordered to pay £2,000 costs and compensation of £200 to Mr Godfrey.