Forum Title: Roofer Jailed For Punching Woman In Church
First off, it is probably not good to go around punching people in church, especially a woman. It seems this roofer was having a bad day and decided to do just that. Even though he was hit first and provoked, probably still not a good idea to attempt this.Quote: A roofer who punched a pensioner after she slapped him in an argument in church has been jailed. John Butler was involved in a ‚Äúheated argument‚Äù with his 69-year-old victim, a verger at St Cuthbert‚s Church inBillingham, shortly before the attack. He was sentenced atTeesside Crown Courttoday after pleading guilty to an offence of GBH without intent on March 3. The court heard how the pair were arguing over the roof which had been fitted by Butler in 2013, after it had started leaking. The complainant, a prominent member of the church community for a number of years, had discussed the problem with the defendant who agreed to assess the work. ‚ÄúThere was a frank and quite different exchange of views between them,‚Äù said Paul Currer, prosecuting. ‚ÄúThe defendant saying there was nothing wrong with the roof and the victim saying he would be held liable if the roof came in. ‚ÄúThings took an unpleasant turn when the defendant went right up to the woman‚s face and swore at her. She admitted she slapped him.‚Äù The court heard how the defendant walked away, but after more words were exchanged between them, he turned round and punched her in the mouth. A witness to the assault said he heard a ‚Äúsickening thud‚Äù as the woman fell to the ground, hitting her head off the ground. The victim was taken to hospital with serious head injuries bruising and bleeding within the skull. She also had to have a denture fitted due to fractures in her front teeth. Uzma Khan, defending, said: ‚ÄúMy client would say, and the Crown accepts that he was assaulted rather unfortunately, initially. ‚ÄúThe complainant went on to attempt to strike him a second time and the defendant at that point walked away. ‚ÄúThe slap was so significant that it was heard outside of the area where it happened.‚Äù Miss Khan added that Butler had been released from hospital where he was treated for a blood disorder, pneumonia and E-coli, shortly after the incident, which affected the way in which he handled the situation with his victim. Butler had a significant previous conviction from 2010 for dangerous driving and affray. Sentencing Butler, of Bonnyrigg Close,Ingleby Barwick, to 15 months in prison, Recorder David Gordon said: ‚ÄúI accept you are remorseful and I accept this matter could have been resolved more sensibly by the complainant, but there is nothing to justify you punching this elderly lady in the face the way you did.‚Äù A spokesperson for St Cuthbert‚s Church, said: ‚ÄúCrimes against individuals whatever form they take will not be tolerated and we will do everything we can to support the police in bringing the perpetrators to justice. This is particularly true in this case which was a wanton and senseless assault.‚Äù Source
Post By: Lyndi (Utica, NY), 01/02/2018
It's too bad that nobody caught any of this on video. I mean just to see this guy turn around and hit this woman in the mouth, in church of all places. She probably went down like a sack of potatoes.
It's really a bad news, punching a woman is really shameless act.
Im not going to lie when i read the title i chuckled a little bit, but after reading that she was 69 years old, probably was having a pretty bad day to hit an elderly women. dang