Man almost dies after drink fueled attack on window after England crash out of World Cup

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 November 2018

North Somerset Courthouse.

North Somerset Courthouse.


A Weston man punched a window in a drunken rage following England crashing out of the World Cup, causing him such a horrific injury he passed out.

Ryan Chivers had been watching the semi-final with his mother-in-law and drinking heavily.

After watching England lose 2-1 to Croatia on July 11 and in a foul mood, the 22-year-old returned home to Windwhistle Gardens, where he had a fight with his girlfriend and she asked him to leave.

The night porter left, and in an act of drunken stupidity punched his neighbour’s ground floor window, cutting his hand and arm in the process.

Police eventually found Chivers by following the trail of blood to where he had eventually collapsed after losing four pints of blood.

As a result of his drunken act of vandalism, Chivers damaged six tendons, and needed more than 30 stitches in his hand and arm.

At North Somerset Courthouse on November 7, Chivers pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage.

Sally Donaldson, defending, said she believed the magistrates should opt for a conditional discharge as Chivers had a ‘permanent reminder’ of his destructive act.

She added: “He was lucky he was followed by the police and given emergency treatment.”

Chivers claimed he had no recollection of the incident and was not a regular drinker and as a result of this he was not used to it and it had an adverse affect on his mood. He had also previously attempted to pay to replace the window but that offer was refused.

In a statement read by Donaldson, he said: “I did not know where I was. I was upset because England lost the football.”

Chivers had previously been before the court in 2010, and also in 2011 for crimes against property.

Sue Penn, chair of the bench, said magistrates had decided to opt for an 18-month conditional discharge but reminded Chivers if he committed any more offences during that time he would be punished for both.

Chivers was also ordered to pay £258.94 compensation for the replacement window, £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge fee.

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