Goldthorpe man due to be sentenced for New Year's Day assault

Goldthorpe man due to be sentenced for New Year's Day assault

By David Parker | 02/07/2018

Goldthorpe man due to be sentenced for New Year's Day assault

A DEARNE Valley man who assaulted a punter at a working men’s club on New Year’s Day will be sentenced on Wednesday.

Jay Cadwallander (38), of Washington Road, Goldthorpe, assaulted a 55-year-old man at Highgate Working Men’s Club, Goldthorpe, on January 1 last year.

He appeared at Sheffield Crown Court today (Monday), when his sentencing hearing was adjourned until Wednesday.

Mr Carl Fitch, prosecuting, said the victim had been out drinking for most of the day and by the time of the assault, at around 9.30pm, he had drunk around eight pints.

He was standing at the bar on his own and became aware of a woman who was feeling his back and pulling his clothing, Mr Fitch told the court.

"He told this woman to go away and tried to move away from her around the side of the bar, however, she didn't desist," he said.

The woman was Cadwallander's partner and he was also standing at the bar at the time.

The 55-year-old pushed the woman away because she did not stop touching his clothing.

"[Mr Cadwallander] then delivers punches to the head of the victim and, whilst he was on the floor, stamps on him four times, kicks him and backheels him, all of this to his head," Mr Fitch told the court.

Footage was played in court of Cadwallander’s assault which left his victim with bruises and grazes on his face and scalp, and grazes on his shoulders and chest.

Cadwallander was arrested four months later and admitted the offence to the police. He later admitted in court to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. 

Mitigating, Mr Sean Fritchley said Cadwallander lived with his partner and was “a hard-working gentleman”.

“The person on the CCTV footage is not the person his character references would describe,” Mr Fritchley told the court.

He said Cadwallander’s partner was a part-time sports therapist and had been giving the 55-year-old man a massage.

"It was a rash act and the reality is that thankfully the man didn’t suffer serious injury."

Cadwallander was remanded into custody until his hearing on Wednesday.

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