Dad in court after attacking two women outside pub

North Somerset Courthouse.

North Somerset Courthouse. - Credit: Archant

A WESTON father assaulted two women during a ‘chaotic’ argument in one of the town’s High Street bars, North Somerset Courthouse heard.

Karl Donnelly, aged 44, of Queens Road, was drinking in Cheers at 11.30pm on November 29 with his daughter and son when the incident occurred.

A dispute erupted between them and another group, which led to Donnelly punching a woman in the face and kicking another while outside the bar.

Kevin Blackmore, prosecuting, said: “This was quite a chaotic incident and was captured on CCTV.

“Jennifer Cartwright left the bar and the defendant approached her and punched her, causing her to fall to the ground.

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“Tamara Pithie was on the ground outside the club and he kicked her while she was on the floor.”

Mr Blackmore read a statement from Ms Cartwright, which said: “I recall being picked up from the floor and I could feel blood coming out of my nose.

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“My nose and face was in a lot of pain and someone directed me into Shooters to clean myself up.”

Mr Bird, for the defence, told the court Mr Donnelly was not the instigator.

He said: “The fact is he had a lot to drink.

“He was with his daughter and son and was having a pleasant evening when something erupted between his daughter and her group of friends, and the victims and their group.

“He thought things were getting out of hand in the bar and he tried to calm things down but was not successful. When he saw the video he was dismayed by his actions.”

Donnelly was ordered to carry out a community order with an unpaid work requirement of 100 hours, to be completed within the next 12 months.

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