Group brawl ended with two men stabbed
SIX men were involved in a brawl outside a Keynsham pub which left two men stabbed.
Trouble flared after an incident at The Pioneer on Station Road, Bristol Crown Court was told. During the melee Damien Eshelby stabbed Robert Maggs and Joseph Morgan, and several other men were involved in affray.
Eshelby, 25, of Tintagel Close, Keynsham, pleaded guilty to affray, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, wounding and causing criminal damage.
Jonathan Love, 27, of Court Farm Road, Willsbridge, pleaded guilty to affray. Jake Brace, 22, of Queens Road, Keynsham, pleaded guilty to common assault. Oliver Whittle, 23, of Charlton Road, Keynsham, pleaded guilty to affray. Daniel Gregory, 22, of Charlton Road, Keynsham, pleaded guilty to affray. Michael Beavis, 20, of Cranmore Avenue, Keynsham, pleaded guilty to affray.
The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Neil Ford QC told the men: "What you must all realise is that disturbances of that sort won't be tolerated by the court."
Eshelby was handed 70 months in jail. Love was given a four-month jail term, suspended for two years, with 150 hours of unpaid work and £250 costs. Brace was fined £300 plus £75 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Whittle was given a 26-week jail term, suspended for two years, with 150 hours of unpaid work.
Gregory was handed 18 weeks in jail, suspended for two years, with 150 hours of unpaid work.
Beavis was given 18 weeks in a Young Offenders Institution, suspended for two years, with 150 hours of unpaid work and £250 costs.
Ian Dixey, prosecuting, said Eshelby had one arm in plaster and was brandishing a lighter/flick-knife inside the pub. When trouble started security staff ushered a number of men from the premises, and in a disturbance outside Eshelby stabbed Joseph Morgan in the back and Robert Maggs to his chest and side. Both men were taken to hospital and stayed in overnight, the court heard.
Nicolas Gerasimidis, defending Eshelby, said his client struggled to comprehend how he behaved and believed his drinks were spiked.