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Friends fought after jobs row
4:30pm Sunday 3rd November 2013 in News
A MALVERN man has admitted assaulting a friend of 40 years in a row over a job.
Michael Smith, aged 47, of Langland Avenue appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on Monday, October 28, where he pleaded guilty to the charge of assaulting Stephen Evans on Tuesday, September 3.
Adrian Jones, prosecuting, said the two men had been friends for about 40 years and had never fallen out before. But on Saturday, August 31, Smith had called Mr Evans accusing him of stealing his job.
On the Tuesday, Smith again called Mr Evans and asked him to come and meet him. When they met up they got into a fight and Mr Smith hit Mr Evans between eight and 12 times, causing a cut to his temple and bruising to his left eye. Genevieve Worthington, defending, told the court that Smith had lost his job shortly before the incident.
“He was upset and was going through a very difficult time having recently been made homeless and suffering from depression,” she said.
She added he had problems with alcohol and had been drinking when the assault took place, but added the two men were now on friendly terms again.
District judge Nigel Cadbury said he was unsure how to deal with Smith and adjourned the case until later the same afternoon while the probation service prepared a report.
When Smith returned to court several hours later he was sentenced to 12 months of supervision, including six months of alcohol treatment and 60 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £100 compensation to Mr Evans along with £80 costs and £60 victim surcharge.
Mr Cadbury said he had seriously considered imposing a prison sentence.
“You need to be fully aware how close you have come to the court considering a prison sentence,”
he said. “You need to fully co-operate with the probation service. If you break any part of the order you will be brought back to court.”
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