Thug broke pub landlord’s hip

The Oxford Times: Stuart Morris Stuart Morris

A MAN who attacked the landlord of an Abingdon pub that left him with a fractured hip has avoided jail.

Stuart Morris, from Radley, admitted carrying out an assault causing grievous bodily harm in the men’s toilets at the Cross Keys on January 25, 2013.

The 33-year-old pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial to attacking David Arnott when the pub landlord intervened in an argument he was having in the gents.

Iain Wicks, prosecuting, said the incident happened at around 11.30pm in the Ock Street venue when Mr Arnott, from Stonhouse Crescent, tried to deal with two men having a “vigorous disagreement” in the men's toilets.

The barrister said he was then set upon by Morris, who repeatedly punched him and threw him to the ground.

Mr Wicks said this caused his victim to collide with the urinals and other furniture in the toilet.

Mr Arnott, who suffered a fractured hip spent a week in hospital and had to take three months off work. Mr Wicks added that this had a such an effect on the finances of the business that it failed.

Daniel Wright, defending, said his client “accepts he has a problem with anger management and with drinking” but was trying to tackle both issues.

He added that Morris was a carer for his father who has stomach cancer.

Judge Ian Pringle said the attack had been so violent it had sent Mr Arnott “banging around the toilet area like a pinball”.

But he said despite Morris having previous convictions for common assault and ABH he was prepared to give him one last chance. He sentenced him to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, with 18 months supervision and an alcohol-related aggression course requirement.

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12:20pm Thu 3 Apr 14

icba1957 says...

Luckily he didn't try to avoid paying for his TV licence! Then he WOULD have ended up inside.
Luckily he didn't try to avoid paying for his TV licence! Then he WOULD have ended up inside. icba1957
  • Score: 22

1:41pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

What is it with the judiciary, this man is clearly a danger to the public, and should be locked up.
No mention of any compensation for the victims.
What is it with the judiciary, this man is clearly a danger to the public, and should be locked up. No mention of any compensation for the victims. Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 26

3:28pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

10 months for filming women Police in the changing rooms - no physical injuries caused. Virtually zero punishment for breaking a man's hip and people wonder why this country is going to ****.
10 months for filming women Police in the changing rooms - no physical injuries caused. Virtually zero punishment for breaking a man's hip and people wonder why this country is going to ****. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 20

5:59pm Thu 3 Apr 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

Seems like three strikes and your not out. Film someone's knickers and get put away, physically hurt someone and not for the first time and don't get put away? What a fuc###ed up country we live in
Seems like three strikes and your not out. Film someone's knickers and get put away, physically hurt someone and not for the first time and don't get put away? What a fuc###ed up country we live in HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 9

2:16am Fri 4 Apr 14

my,say says...

What a joke. He is really going to learn his lesson. I bet he went down the pub and had a laugh at how the judge would believe any thing. When ever some one is in court they come with a sob story and always say there trying to get of drugs or alcohol and the judge believes it.
What a joke. He is really going to learn his lesson. I bet he went down the pub and had a laugh at how the judge would believe any thing. When ever some one is in court they come with a sob story and always say there trying to get of drugs or alcohol and the judge believes it. my,say
  • Score: 7

10:10am Fri 4 Apr 14

Man on the Green says...

Can't the Newsquest Group find any journalists capable of writing good English?

"A man who attacked the landlord of an Abingdon pub that left him with a fractured hip has avoided jail." So it was the pub's fault for leaving the attacker with a broken hip?!

I hope Mr Morris is rather more caring of his poor father (to whom he owes his continuing liberty). A drink-dependent and violent individual with anger management problems would not be my first choice as a carer. I hope social services will keep a very close eye on Mr Morris Sr's welfare.
Can't the Newsquest Group find any journalists capable of writing good English? "A man who attacked the landlord of an Abingdon pub that left him with a fractured hip has avoided jail." So it was the pub's fault for leaving the attacker with a broken hip?! I hope Mr Morris is rather more caring of his poor father (to whom he owes his continuing liberty). A drink-dependent and violent individual with anger management problems would not be my first choice as a carer. I hope social services will keep a very close eye on Mr Morris Sr's welfare. Man on the Green
  • Score: 7

4:33pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Headington Jim says...

No mention of employment so I guess he is on benefits as a carer. An expensive man for the taxpayer to keep.
No mention of employment so I guess he is on benefits as a carer. An expensive man for the taxpayer to keep. Headington Jim
  • Score: 2

9:33am Sat 5 Apr 14

TonyH says...

As people have said, bonkers. "One last chance"? He's already had several. A case could be made for not keeping him at our expense, as his dad (assuming that bit IS true?!) would need a proper carer; but why not have a proper sentence - more like 6 years inside, suspended for 20 years, leave that hanging over him for a proper period?
As people have said, bonkers. "One last chance"? He's already had several. A case could be made for not keeping him at our expense, as his dad (assuming that bit IS true?!) would need a proper carer; but why not have a proper sentence - more like 6 years inside, suspended for 20 years, leave that hanging over him for a proper period? TonyH
  • Score: 3

2:20pm Sun 6 Apr 14

the wizard says...

Headington Jim wrote:
No mention of employment so I guess he is on benefits as a carer. An expensive man for the taxpayer to keep.
If said guilty person is a carer for his sick father then who was looking after his father when the assault took place. Carers allowance is around £60 a week, so I would presume his father may get some form of incapacity benefit or universal credit. Problem is if this guilty as charged person goes into clink, who looks after his father ? and at what cost ?

Obviously the cost to injured party has been substantial, and my concerns are, what happens now for him, an injured hip and a failed business through no fault of his own, and not much chance of financial redress, just because this "item" cannot hold his drink. Perhaps castration to prevent him from replicating his kind into society would be a sobering retribution.
[quote][p][bold]Headington Jim[/bold] wrote: No mention of employment so I guess he is on benefits as a carer. An expensive man for the taxpayer to keep.[/p][/quote]If said guilty person is a carer for his sick father then who was looking after his father when the assault took place. Carers allowance is around £60 a week, so I would presume his father may get some form of incapacity benefit or universal credit. Problem is if this guilty as charged person goes into clink, who looks after his father ? and at what cost ? Obviously the cost to injured party has been substantial, and my concerns are, what happens now for him, an injured hip and a failed business through no fault of his own, and not much chance of financial redress, just because this "item" cannot hold his drink. Perhaps castration to prevent him from replicating his kind into society would be a sobering retribution. the wizard
  • Score: 2

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