Father-of-two Shawn Wright jailed after violent attack at Tunstall pub


A Tunstall man has been jailed for attacking a man in a pub following banter about football.

Shawn Wright, 39, of St Chads Road, pleaded guilty at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court to assaulting Steven Palmer causing him actual bodily harm.

The court was shown CCTV footage from on October 9 2016, which showed Mr Palmer being dragged into the road outside the Wheatsheaf pub.

It showed the 55-year-old victim being repeatedly kicked and punched by Wright and his friends.

Glyn Samuel, prosecuting, told the court: “The incident started out as banter over football.

“When police came to the scene they found Mr Palmer on the ground bleeding.

He was then taken to hospital.”

“Mr Palmer has said the event has affected himself and his family. He is a grandfather and said he is glad that he is still able to see his grandchildren.”

Steven Palmer suffered concussion from the multiple kicks to his head.

The court heard that Wright, a father-of-two, had been convicted in 2003 for similar offences.

Robert Smith, defending, said Wright has a drink problem and is suffering from depression.

He said: “The defendant should be given some credit for staying out of trouble for the past 14 years.

“He is old enough to know better and he should have walked away.”

“He is a good man who on this particular night let himself down.”

Jailing Wright for six months, Judge David Fletcher told him: “You are a big chap and we saw that it wasn’t solely your fault.”

“I have to accept that you were not the head mover but you did join in.

“You need to understand you have to be in a position to control yourself and the way you behave.”



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