A MAN has admitted assaulting a fellow pool player who taunted him for losing a match to a man with learning difficulties.
At a hearing at Gloucester Crown Court on January 2, Richard Kerr, 51, of Belle Vue Road, Stroud, was barred from Stroud Bowl after pleading guilty to assault and causing actual bodily harm.
The court was told that Kerr was one of many pool players taking part in a league match at the Stroud Bowl on June 26 last year.
As most of the games were coming to an end, one player began taunting Kerr that he had been defeated by somebody with learning difficulties, said prosecutor Samuel Jones.
“There was then a heated discussion between the two men about who was the better pool player,” he said.
Kerr then punched the man, knocking him to the floor where he lay unconscious.
Kerr left the man where he was and returned to the club.
People leaving the pool match then walked past the unconscious player and did nothing to help , said Mr Jones.
Judge Michael Cullum said: “That is a poor indictment of everybody who saw him and chose to ignore him.”
Mr Jones added: “Luckily he made a full recovery.”
Probation officer Neil Hewitt said: “Kerr states that the man was making lots of comments about losing to a player with disabilities. He said that he lost control and struck out.
“Kerr deeply regrets his actions and says he has learnt a valuable lesson.”
Matthew Harbinson, defending said: “Kerr was not drunk or intoxicated, but had become annoyed with the taunting.
“He now admits it was a terrible lack of judgement and is remorseful.”
Judge Cullum concluded that the attack was ‘obviously out of character’ for Kerr.
He sentenced Kerr to six months in prison, suspended for a year, and ordered him to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work.
He also made a court order excluding Kerr from attending Stroud Bowl for two years.
He also ordered Kerr to pay £500 compensation and court costs of £800 along with a victim surcharge of £115.