Bloke KO’d by brutal elbow to face as family brawl like scene from Shameless

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CCTV footage has captured the moment a man was knocked flat out in the middle of the street during a drunken family brawl.

The rowdy group were caught on CCTV arguing, having not long left a pub on Chester Street in the town centre, when the verbal exchange quickly turned physical, Mold Crown Court saw.

John Rogers, 39, of Stratford Close in Acton, has now appeared in court and admitted to a charge of affray after he was seen in the footage sparking out 61-year-old Gavin Randles.

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Following the assault which took place in July last year, Rogers calmly walked away from the dispute in the middle of Wrexham, showing no regard for the man he had knocked unconscious.

The violent outburst also involved four other Wrexham-based co-defendants, who have already been sentenced in the magistrates' court, North Wales Live reports.

They were handed fines and community orders, according to prosecutor Sarah Badrawy, but magistrates deemed Rogers' actions as "too serious" for them to handle.

Ms Badrawy told a judge at Mold Crown Court that Rogers had been out in Wrexham on July 4 with Gavin Randles, Michael Hughes, Samantha Hughes and Yvonne Moore. It was said during the hearing that they were all "some form of extended family".

Ms Badrawy said that a cyclist working for food delivery firm Just Eat tried to break up the family as a scuffle broke out. He rode in between the men who were "squaring up" to one another.

The cyclist then dismounted his bike and stood between people as the arguing grew more heated.

The incident carried on up the street, and Rogers punched Randles, knocking him to the floor, before turning on Hughes.

As Randles got back to his feet, Rogers hit him in the face with his elbow. Ms Badrawy paused the footage after Randles slumped to the floor and remained unconscious for the rest of the footage.

The court saw Rogers paying no regard to the state he left Randles in, and he was caught on camera walking off down the street as the rest of the family members gathered around the floored 61-year-old.

Henry Hills, defending, told the court that Rogers was "ashamed" of his actions when shown the CCTV footage after the incident.

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He claimed that his client let his emotions "get the better of him" that evening during what can only be described as "an episode of madness".

Judge Rhys Rowlands said Rogers was lucky his victim got up at all. He said that, in other previous incidents, "people haven't got back up off the ground" after a single punch is thrown.

The judge said: "You had been drinking – plainly far too much. It can be summed up as a family dispute which got very much out of hand with your taking the leading role at the end."

After branding the incident "disgraceful street violence", the judge accepted that this was "entirely out of character" for Rogers.

He suspended his jail term of 18 months but did order him to pay a £1,000 fine along with more than £570 in court costs.


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