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Man jailed for baseball bat attack
6:00pm Monday 27th August 2012 in News
A MAN who launched a baseball bat attack on two brothers after he was embarrassed by his trousers falling down has been jailed for 10 months.
Liam Armstrong, of Mazurek Way, Haydon End, had been urinating in an alley at the side of The Victoria pub in the early hours when he stumbled over when his pants were down.
But rather than laugh it off, the 28-year-old went to get the weapon before driving back and hitting two teenage brothers to the head with the bat, leaving the eldest unconscious.
When he was arrested at his mum’s house he said: “It only takes five minutes to eff up your life.”
Colin Meeke, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court the brothers, aged 18 and 19, had been out drinking on Friday, December 16.
In the early hours of the following morning they were in an alleyway urinating when there was an altercation between Armstrong and the younger lad.
“Mr Armstrong was pitched out into the road, his trousers were down at the time and he felt humiliated,” he said.
The defendant went to get his car with pal Callum Nevitt, 25, and they drove back with the baseball bat at about 2.30am.
As he approached the group of youths outside the pub the younger brother urged him to calm down and give him the bat.
But Armstrong took a full swing, first to the teenager’s legs and then to his head before turning his attention to the other brother, knocking him out with a blow to the head.
Meanwhile Nevitt punched both brothers as he joined in the general melee on the street.
After fleeing the scene Armstrong called the police to say they had been the victims but after watching CCTV the police realised they were the attackers.
Armstrong, and Nevitt, of Luddesdown Road, Toothill , pleaded guilty to two counts of actual bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon. The judge ordered Nevitt to do 120 hours unpaid work.
Rob Ross , for Armstrong, who was dealt with for drink driving before magistrates, said: “When the police spoke to him he made a number of references to what happened.
“He asked ‘how long will I get for this?’ and ‘are they all right’. He repeatedly said ‘I’m sorry’ to his mum who was in the room at the time.”
As a result of his arrest he said he lost his job at the Post Office and so had to give up his accommodation.