West Craven man spared jail after assault

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.

A man who repeatedly punched another, fracturing his cheekbone, and broke a police officer’s ribs resisting arrest has been spared prison.

Shane Chew (26), of Cam Lane, Thornton-in-Craven, assaulted victim Karl Antal in Barnoldswick Conservative Club on Boxing Day.

Chew was given a nine-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months at Burnley Crown Court. He was also made the subject of an 18-month supervision order.

He had admitted causing grievous bodily harm, criminal damage and resisting a police officer.

Stephen Parker (prosecuting) told the court Mr Antal had been in the club since lunchtime on Boxing Day, and in the evening, there appeared to be an exchange at the bar.

Chew was described as the aggressor by a witness, but Mr Antal appeared not to be interested in trouble, the court heard.

A member of staff was described as saying Chew was not going to be served any more due to his aggressive behaviour and drunkenness.

Sometime in the evening, Mr Antal had gone into the toilets and used a cubicle. On leaving the cubicle, Chew was in front of him, the court heard, and he punched Mr Antal making him fall backwards on to the floor.

Mr Parker told the court Chew then hit his victim three or four more times while he was on the cubicle floor dizzy, unable to defend himself, before another man intervened.

The police were called, the court heard, and community beat manager PC Matt Lunney was in the process of arresting Chew when he told him “you’re not arresting me” before later apologising for resisting saying “I’m sorry Matt, I respect you”.

PC Lunney was off work for four weeks with two broken ribs.

Mr Antal went to Airedale Hospital and then to Bradford where he was found to have a fractured cheekbone, bruising and an eyebrow injury which needed stitches.

In a statement, PC Lunney described Chew as a “good lad” when sober but who could be violent when drunk.

Mark Stuart (defending) said Chew was a “respectable lad” in a good job.

Recorder Michael Hayton QC said Chew’s record as “unpleasant” for a young man and had read a letter from his mother.

Recorder Hayton QC said: “You’re a decent lad from a decent family. It’s very sad a mother has to write a letter like that.

“You targeted someone who you had a grudge with. You gave him a good beating.”

But he added: “While your record is very poor, you’re still only 26.”

Chew was ordered to pay £1,200 compensation, was banned from on-license premises and will attend an offender behaviour programme.