smashed stool over man's head during brawl at Brean bar
boxer has this week been handed a suspended jail term after throwing
broken bottles at a man, smashing a bar stool over anothers
head and punching a bar doorman as a family summer holiday turned
to violence, a court has heard.
boxer Frankie Gavin, 30, has admitted his part in the violence
at Krackers Bar in Brean just days after he lost his world title
bid in May.
Gavin, nicknamed 'Funtime Frankie', appeared at Taunton Magistrates
Court this week to face sentencing for a charge of affray.
court was told that the boxer, from Yardley in the West Midlands,
became involved in violence in the bar on the evening of June
7th while out with his partner and their two young children and
two other male friends with their families.
three pals, who had been drinking heavily, got involved in a dispute
with staff at the bar.
friend Andrew Reilly, 31, from Hidcote Grove, Kitts Green
who was also in court after pleading guilty to affray was
the mastermind of the violence and at first, magistrates heard,
Gavin stood back.
when a man who had been attacked was on the floor, the Birmingham
boxer broke a bottle on a table then threw it at the victim.
footage captured him smashing a bar stool over another mans
head. Then, when the men headed back to the bar later to retrieve
their car keys that they'd left behind, Gavin punched a doorman
Emma Lenanton, prosecuting, told the court: "The bar was
full of members of the public including children who witnessed
the violence. Six people were injured, including a pensioner who
got caught up in the violence, and injuries they received included
cuts and bruises. It was sustained violence."
Sam Roake, representing Mr Gavin, said: "This was totally
out of character. Mr Gavin is very much a role model in boxing.
He has forged a successful career and wants to train young talented
fighters when his career ends. He does a lot of charity work."
realises that if he goes to prison his career will be over. He
will lose his licence. He is begging the court to be merciful.
This will never happen again. He is a family man and has two young
children. They witnessed what happened and he is embarrassed and
full of shame at his actions. He is disgusted by what he did."
judge David Taylor said: "I have read your references, including
one from promoter Eddie Hearn, who calls you a role model. Well,
you are a role model for gratuitous violence in the full
view of children. But in your favour I have watched the CCTV footage
and you were not the prime aggressor."
Gavin was handed a five-month prison term suspended for 12 months.
He was also told to complete 180 hours of unpaid work for the
community and told to pay costs of £1,800. He was also ordered
to pay £75 to each of the six victims.