Cider row spilled over into attack

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A SHORTAGE of cider at Daventry Football Club led to a violent attack.

The victims were so traumatised after the assault that they have now moved away from the area.

Danny Wheeldon, 25, and Marc Freeth, 34, were out drinking at the club bar in Browns Road on October 29, 2010 when the cider ran dry.

Rebecca Wade, prosecuting at Northampton Crown Court, said the pair were drinking Strongbow and Sambuca shots when they ordered two pints of cider. But as a barmaid was pouring their drinks the cider ran out.

After being told there was no more cider available the pair became abusive towards the bar staff until a woman stepped in and told them to stop being insulting.

As she was shouted and sworn at, husband Trevor Green also stepped in to intervene but he was attacked.

The court heard he was repeatedly punched and kicked and suffered a cut to the back of his head.

Judge Richard Bray was told the Greens were left so traumatised they have now moved away.

Wheeldon, of Hemans Road and Freeth, of Highfield Road pleaded guilty and admitted inflicting actual bodily harm.

Both men were sentenced to 50 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years and must pay £400 compensation each to Mr Green. Wheeldon must also do 120 hours’ community service while Freeth will be subject to a four-month 8pm to 8am curfew.