Grandfather who fired gun in village pub was ‘brutally beaten’

Bristol Crown Court.

Bristol Crown Court. - Credit: Archant

A pub row over a chair led to a man discharging a sawn-off gun and then being beaten, kicked in the head and left unconscious, a court heard.

Two men, Steven Collins and Keith Hayward, got into a disagreement in The Golden Lion pub in Wrington in August last year.

Hayward, aged 51 and of Lye Cross Road in Redhill, was jailed for six years in October for his part in the violent exchange.

Collins appeared before Bristol Crown Court on Monday and was sentenced to a year in prison for assaulting Hayward.

Prosecutor David Scutt said the two men got into a disagreement in the pub’s garden, after Hayward supposedly sat in Collins’ chair.

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After Collins, aged 48, allegedly punched Hayward twice, Hayward left the pub and returned with a shotgun which was fired into the floor when a customer disarmed him.

Hayward, a grandfather, was led to his car, but Collins followed him outside.

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Mr Scutt said: “The defendant followed Mr Hayward outside and attacked him.

“There are descriptions from at least one witness which say Mr Hayward slumped half in and out of the car, with his legs inside and head and body out of the car. One witness said Mr Collins stamped on Mr Hayward’s head as he lay apparently unconscious in the car.”

Collins then got a claw hammer from a car, and approached Hayward again, as pub customers tried to hold him back.

Mr Scutt said: “He was very angry and aggressive and pretty much out of control, and determined, it seems, to cause additional damage.”

Collins, of Bishport Avenue in Hartcliffe, was sentenced to a year in prison.

Judge Hart said: “You [Collins] totally lost self-control and subjected him to a brutal beating.”

Morgan Jones, defending, said Collins had little memory of the incident.

Mr Jones said: “He is not proud of what he has done.”

He said Collins had complied fully with a community order, imposed for a separate offence, and was provoked by Hayward’s actions.

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