COURT: Huntingdon man jailed after vicious pub attack
A HUNTINGDON man who broke a football fan s nose during a vicious and unprovoked attack has been jailed for 15 months. Mark Dear, a 40-year-old bodybuilder, of Surrey Road, Huntingdon, punched Chelsea fan David Rosemin at a pub in London. Dear – who confe
A HUNTINGDON man who broke a football fan's nose during a vicious and unprovoked attack has been jailed for 15 months.
Mark Dear, a 40-year-old bodybuilder, of Surrey Road, Huntingdon, punched Chelsea fan David Rosemin at a pub in London.
Dear - who confessed that he is not a football fan - fled from the Kings Cross pub following the attack on April 26. But he handed himself into police after CCTV footage of the assault was shown on BBC1's Crimewatch programme.
Dear was convicted at the Old Bailey of causing grievous bodily harm and was last week given a jail sentence.
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Judge Paul Worsley QC told him: "You are a bodybuilder, well-built and 16-and-a-half stone and you used your force in an unprovoked situation as you regarded Mr Rosemin as having crossed you or abused you in some way.
"You used your fist to send him to the floor. There after there were more punches.
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"This was a wholly unprovoiked attack in a crowded public house when you were not drunk and had every reason to be able to control yourself."
Mr Rosemin, who the court heard had stopped to use the toilet at the Duke of York pub, suffered a broken nose, broken ankle and cuts to his face and mouth which needed stitches.
He had been returning home to Royston after watching Chelsea beat Manchester United.
The court was told that Dear punched him after taking objection to Mr Rosemin praising his side's victory at Stamford Bridge.
Dear claimed he had acted in self-defence after being attacked first and was cleared on the more serious charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.