Dad jailed for attacking house party host

From the courts
From the courts

AN ECKINGTON dad is behind bars following an attack on the host of a house party in the town.

A 4am row erupted between guest Dane Wright and Cameron Dineen, who told him to shut up.

Wright, 22, responded by punching Mr Dineen’s head. Other guests pulled him off Mr Dineen following a scuffle between the pair and he left the address.

Magistrates at Chesterfield heard that the victim, who suffered a cut lip, did not initially report the incident to police.

But he later saw Wright again in the street and Wright threatened to “rip his eyes out” if he came near him, said Jenny Fitzgerald, prosecuting.

She added: “As a result, the complainant and his partner did not go home. They waited at a bus stop and called police.”

Wright, of Market Street, Eckington, told police he slapped Mr Dineen following an argument and they then grabbed each other.

He admitted the July 21 assault and breaching a suspended sentence order imposed for failing to stop and report a road accident.

District Judge Andrew Davison locked him up for a total of 16 weeks, saying: “It was a largely unprovoked attack on a male in his own home where you were a guest.

“You were foolish enough to make subsequent threats towards him which caused him to change his mind and involve the police.”

John Wilford, for Wright, said he was troubled by issues surrounding his child and estranged partner.

“He believes his problems will only be resolved if he is sent into custody.

“He struggles to control his temper. A mental health assessment indicates there isn’t any illness but the temper control could be worked on.

“His GP has prescribed medication and nothing more and he feels let down by that,” said Mr Wilford.