Three men confronted new partner outside Plymouth home, court told
TWO thugs attacked a man who was going out with the ex-wife of one of them.
David Owen, aged 46, and 41-year-old Stephen Hunter followed the new partner home and assaulted him outside, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Darren Poole, aged 35, egged the others on but did not take part in the assault, a judge said.
Recorder Michael Hubbard told the trio: "You behaved that night as if you were school kids, though you are all grown-up men.
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"You tanked yourselves up with lager or God knows what. You give this man the eye in a pub, you follow him home and you stand at his door.
"You wait for him to come outside, no doubt egging each other on, so you can have a go at him."
Hunter, Owen, and Poole had denied a joint charge of assaulting Mark Oliver causing actual bodily harm on June 5 last year.
But Hunter and Owen changed their pleas on the second day of their trial.
Poole admitted two lesser offences of threatening behaviour against Mr Oliver on June 5 and again two months later.
David Gittins, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told the jury Mr Oliver had been going out with Owen's ex-wife at the time.
He said Hunter, Owen and Poole saw him in the Millbridge Inn in Stoke and followed him to his home nearby.
The court heard Mr Oliver, who armed himself with a golf club, was assaulted by Hunter and Owen.
He was left with a split lip and bruised face.
Jason Beal, for Owen, who has two previous convictions for assault causing actual bodily harm, had been under stress fearing he was going back to prison. He added he was hoping to go back to work.
Rupert Taylor, for Hunter, said: "He is a man of good character and was not the prime mover in this offence.
Ali Rafati, for Poole, said he "did not get involved physically" with the complainant.
Recorder Hubbard told Owen he was the "ringleader".
He gave him an eight-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered him to pay £1,000 prosecution costs.
The judge handed Hunter a three-month curfew order and ordered him to pay £400 costs.
Poole was fined a total of £300.
Each man must also pay Mr Oliver £150 in compensation.