Drunken man who unleashed violence in two Wisbech pubs sentenced today at Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 16:57 23 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:35 02 June 2010

PUNTERS quietly enjoying a pint were attacked when a drunk unleashed violence in two local pubs. Damien Codona had been drinking heavily when he became rowdy in Wisbech s Rose and Crown. He kicked and head butted a lollipop machine before punching pub goe

PUNTERS quietly enjoying a pint were attacked when a drunk unleashed violence in two local pubs.

Damien Codona had been drinking heavily when he became rowdy in Wisbech's Rose and Crown.

He kicked and head butted a lollipop machine before punching pub goers Ashlie Tucker and Matthew Alexander as they tried to calm him down.

Codona immediately went onto The Case public house and became involved in another fight, this time where a man was attacked as he celebrated his wedding anniversary.

Codona, 18, of St Pauls Close, Gorefield, was given six months in a youth detention centre, suspended for 18 months.

Earlier he had been convicted of two counts of affray by Fenland Magistrates' Court.

Judge Anthony Bate told the defendant: "You could not complain if I sent you straight to custody for this violence against people quietly going about their own business.

"However it is in the longer term public interest that you receive a long term, structured sentence to address problems with your behaviour and turn you away from crime."

Codona will now have to complete 150 hours unpaid work and be under Probation Service supervision for 18 months.

He also has to pay £100 compensation to Miss Tucker and £50 to his other victims.

Cambridge Crown Court heard how Codona had been obstructive and abusive to staff at the Rose and Crown on October 15 2009.

When staff refused to serve him, he caused damage to the lollipop machine.

Mr Alexander approached him and to ask him to calm down but Codona replied: "I can't hit her but I can hit you."

Miss Tucker then tried to intervene but Codona launched forward and punched her in her right shoulder.

Her arm was in a sling at the time and X rays showed that the blow dislocated Miss Tucker's shoulder.

At about 11pm Codona and an accomplice, who was sentenced separately in a youth court, also got violent in The Case pub.

Wilhelm Krauss, who had been celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife, was kicked and punched outside as he tried to diffuse the situation.

Mr Krauss suffered bruises and says he has had flashbacks as a result of the incident.


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