Ham­mer thug is freed af­ter laugh­ing gas at­tack on fan

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A ROCK fes­ti­val rev­eller who bashed an­other over the head with a rub­ber mal­let af­ter ac­cus­ing him of steal­ing his LAUGH­ING GAS, has been spared jail.

Rui Teix­eira-mart­inho marched up to Tom Pawsey at the Read­ing Fes­ti­val, claim­ing him and his friends had nicked the le­gal high.

A row fol­lowed which led to an ag­gres­sive stand-off in which the Por­tuguese 44-year-old struck Mr Pawsey over the head with the mal­let.

At Read­ing Crown Court the judge told him: “He pushed you away and you be­gan to threaten him with a ham­mer.

“He said some­thing to you like ‘come on then’ and ab­surdly you then hit him once on the head with a mal­let.

“He and oth­ers then took you to the ground and you didn’t re­sist.

“It would seem that you could not have hit him too hard be­cause, de­spite the weight of the mal­let, he was dealt only a small cut to his head which needed glue­ing.”

Teix­eira-mart­inho, of Lam­beth, South London, who comes from a welloff fam­ily in Por­tu­gal, was handed a 26-week jail sen­tence, sus­pended for a year, and or­dered to pay the vic­tim £300 com­pen­sa­tion.

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