Father and son sentenced over violent attack in Brinsley

A Jacksdale man knelt on his victim's neck while his son hurled punches in a brawl outside a Nottinghamshire pub, a court has heard.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 8:01 am

Jordan Hodgkinson, 25, got into a verbal argument with two sisters and their male friend at the White Lion pub, in Brinsley, at 9pm, on November 1, 2019.

He suggested they couldn't afford to buy drinks, said prosecutor Lucky Thandi, and accused the women of stealing £300 from him.

He called them "tramps from Ironville" as they went to the bus stop, before fetching his father, Leslie Hodgkinson, 57.

The White Lion, in Brinsley. Photo Google Earth

Both men "approached in an intimidating manner," with Leslie asking "what they were doing in his village."

"It appeared that Leslie Hodgkinson was attacking the sisters," said Ms Thandi, and when their male friend intervened, Jordan punched him and threw him to the floor.

Leslie knelt on his head while Jordan "rained several punches" before they left him lying in the middle of the road. Leslie also pulled the hair of one of the sisters, added Ms Thandi.

Their male victim, who sustained bruising and swelling, eventually managed to get to his feet and sought help at a nearby house. Father and son followed him but police were called and they were both arrested.

Leslie later told police he drank a bottle of wine before his son arrived, and felt "terrible about what happened." Jordan made a no-comment interview.

Ben Robinson, for Leslie, said the foundry worker had kept out of trouble since 2003.

In the eleven months before the assault his wife "unexpectedly" left him and his mother died, and his drinking increased, but he had sought help.

Rebecca Coleman said Jordan was of previous good character and accepted his actions were "completely disproportionate."

She said he has “a long standing issue with anxiety and depression,” had remained out of trouble since the incident and there was “sincere acknowledgement of his wrong-doing.”

Jordan, of Alfreton Road, Selston, and Leslie, of Dixie Street, Jacksdale, both pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Leslie admitted common assault too.

On Wednesday, Recorder Stuart Sprawson told them: "It was appalling behaviour committed within that community." He handed the pair a two-year community order with 150 hours of unpaid work each, and 20 hours of rehabilitation work for Jordan.

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