> Yet another peril of living in rented accommodation…
A drink and drug-fuelled landlord and his friend have been jailed after savagely attacking a dad in a row over unpaid rent.
Peter Jones, 52, and Robert Angus, 48, pushed the victim to the ground before repeatedly kicking and stamping on him in his own front garden, knocking out three of his teeth.
The attack happened on August 29, when landlord Jones, who had taken a concoction of alcohol and drugs, turned up at a property in search of rent money with Angus.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how Jones – who has eight previous convictions including for football hooliganism at Newcastle’s Central train station – and Angus, turned up at a couple’s home at Fairgreen Close, Sunderland, at about 9pm.
After being refused permission to enter the house by the woman, Angus then manhandled her at the front door.
He husband, who was upstairs with their eight-year-old son, then came to his wife’s aid by throwing a punch at one of the men before being dragged outside into the garden of the property and attacked.
Prosecutor Mr Bunch told the court:
“The victim was repeatedly kicked and punched and stamped on outside his home. Their eight-year-old son was present and witnessed some of the attack.
“There was heavy contact blood staining on both of the defendants shoes and scientists revealed that both men had taken part.
“Police were called and they attended scene. The defendants had then left the house, but returned an hour later after one had left behind a mobile phone.
“Police were notified by a neighbour and the men were arrested after showing clear signs they had been in a fight.
“Jones was found in possession of a white powder later found to be an amphetamine.”
The court was told that in police interviews, Jones, of Benfleet Avenue, Townend Farm, Sunderland, said he had consumed 10 pints of beer and some of the white powder and claimed that the tenants owed him £1,500 in rent.
Angus, of Colombo Road, Castletown, Sunderland, made no reply to police questioning.
Michael Bunch, added:
“The victim suffered a swollen and bloody nose and wounded left cheek and jaw. He also lost his front three upper teeth and now struggles to eat certain foods, as he has had a bridge fitted for support.
“He has also received cartilage damage to his upper left chest and now requires physiotherapy. The family have since moved from the property.”
In a statement read out in court the victim said:
“This was an unprovoked attack. They assaulted my wife and my son watched some of what happened.”
Defence barrister Thomas Laffey, defending Jones, said:
“He pleaded guilty at the plea and case management hearing so should be given full credit.
“He rented out the property where the incident occurred and his sister looked after it and collects the rent. The money simply began to not get paid, despite his sister sending texts stating what they owed. He admits that he made an extremely irresponsible decision by going to sort the matter out himself after consuming alcohol and drugs.
“He now resides with his current partner and her daughter, his main concern is that his partner won’t be able to manage the rent if he loses his liberty.”
Defence barrister David Callan, defending Angus, said:
“In general Mr Angus is not a man of violence.
“He went on an ill-considered venture which he did for his friend. He has worked all of his life and has had health problems including a heart attack, which left some brain damage.
“He is a 48-year-old man in poor health and and who pleaded guilty at the first plea and case management hearing.”
Judge Simon Hickey sentenced Jones to 18 months’ imprisonment and Angus to 15 months’ imprisonment for assault causing actual bodily harm.
Jones was also charged for possession of a Class B drug and both men were given restraining orders.
Source – Sunderland Echo, 06 Feb 2015