Thug broke flat­mate’s cheek in row over cleaning rota

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON

ATHUG frac­tured a flat­mate’s eye socket and cheek­bone dur­ing a row over the cleaning rota, a court heard. Richard Brewer launched the ‘un­pro- voked’ at­tack on Wayne Dunk­ley at their com­mu­nal flat in Oswaldtwistle and left him need­ing hos­pi­tal surgery and a metal plate in­serted into his cheek.

Pros­e­cu­tor Charles Brown told Burnley Crown Court how Brewer be­came up­set over the new cleaning rota posted by the land­lord. Brewer, 32, got into a ver­bal ar­gu­ment with Mr Dunk­ley and punched him once to the face.

Recorder Mark Laprell said Brewer was a ‘large in­di­vid­ual and when you hit peo­ple you will do some dam­age’. Join­ery worker Brewer pleaded guilty to GBH and was given an 18-month com­mu­nity or­der with a 30-day re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment and or­dered to at­tended the ‘Re­solve Pro­gramme’.

ACONVICTED thug frac­tured a flat­mate’s eye socket and cheek­bone dur­ing a row over the cleaning rota, a court heard.

Richard Brewer launched the ‘un­pro­voked’ at­tack on Wayne Dunk­ley at their com­mu­nal flat in Oswaldtwistle and left the vic­tim re­quir­ing hos­pi­tal surgery and a metal plate in­serted into his cheek.

Pros­e­cu­tor Charles Brown told Burnley Crown Court how Brewer be­came up­set over the new cleaning rota posted by the land­lord and be­ing told that he would have to leave the prop­erty af­ter com­plaints were made by other res­i­dents.

Brewer, 32, got into a ver­bal ar­gu­ment with Mr Dunk­ley while he was hav­ing a drink with a friend in his room and punched him once to the face.

Join­ery worker Brewer pleaded guilty to GBH and was given an 18-month com­mu­nity or­der with a 30-day re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment and or­dered to at­tended the ‘Re­solve Pro­gramme’.

Recorder Mark Laprell said Brewer was a ‘large in­di­vid­ual and when you hit peo­ple you will do some dam­age’.

He told the de­fen­dant: “There had clearly been some is­sues be­tween you and pos­si­bly more than one of the other res­i­dents.

“It ap­pears this cen­tred on the cleaning rota for the com­mon ar­eas where the land­lords sys­tem was to post no­tices as to who was do­ing what on what day. You had also been given no­tice to quit that day by the land­lord which you be­lieved was the re­sult of com­plaints by oth­ers to the land­lord.

“You go to Mr Dunk­ley’s bed­sit where is hav­ing a drink with some­one else.

“You have a bit of a rant to the two who were there plus the land­lord who hap­pened to be on the phone to Mr Dunk­ley at the time.

“Then in what does ap­pear to be un­pro­voked you hit Mr Dunk­ley to the face while he was seated.

“He of­fered no threat to you.

“It must have been a fairly heavy blow be­cause you suc­ceeded in frac­tur­ing his eye socket and his right cheek­bone and ne­ces­si­tated him hav­ing surgery.”

De­fence bar­ris­ter Bob Elias said Brewer, now of Park Lee Road, Black­burn, said it was a ‘bick­er­ing type of ar­gu­ment and he lost his tem­per’.

Mr Elias said the de­fen­dant ‘apol­o­gises’ and has since moved away from the area.

Richard Brewer

Richard Brewer pleaded guilty to GBH

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