Exmouth pub brawl started when a Withycombe Raleigh man flashed his genitals - police release CCTV images of fight
PUBLISHED: 16:20 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:20 16 October 2018
Police have released these images of a wild west-style brawl in an Exmouth pub, which started when a drunken customer flashed his genitals at a barmaid and a female customer.
A seven-minute fight broke out when pool player Joao Cruz took exception to the lewd behaviour of builder Joshua Hempstead and remonstrated with him.
Cruz threw the first punch but ended up kicked unconscious by Hempstead and battered with a pool cue, part of a broken bar stool, and three chairs.
Exeter Crown Court this week heard how Cruz ended up with severe facial bruising and three broken ribs after the fight at the Manor Inn, St Andrews Road, on the afternoon of November 11, last year.
The entire incident was captured on the pub’s CCTV system, which showed Hempstead’s friend Aaron Wicks initially acting as peacemaker but then joining in the fight and throwing chairs at Cruz.
The footage shows the violence started when Hempstead put a song on the juke box and danced drunkenly with Wicks before he pulled down his trousers and pants and exposed himself to the barmaid and a woman sitting on a bar stool.
Police this week released CCTV footage and images of the brawl; they show Hempstead, shown here dressed in light grey, flashing, and Wicks, wearing a darker grey Adidas top, throwing a chair.
Another image shows Hempstead throwing chair as Cruz – the older man who threw the first punch - lies unconscious on floor while his friends try to protect him.
Two men who were playing pool, one of them Cruz, intervened and Hempstead reacted by becoming aggressive and being hit a pre-emptive blow by Cruz.
A mass fight broke out with two other pool players trying to break up the trouble and Hempstead’s friend Aaron Wicks joining in the fight, which became even more violent when Hempstead armed himself with two pool cues.
It ended with Cruz being hit with the pool cues and knocked unconscious by a series of kicks to the head from Hempstead. Wicks and Hempstead then threw chairs at Cruz as he lay helpless on the floor.
Hempstead and Wicks had been drinking together for several hours and both were clearly very drunk on the footage.
The fight caused £720 damage to tables, chairs, stools and glasses, which were broken during the fracas.
Wicks, aged 24, of Raleigh Road, Exmouth, admitted affray and was ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work and pay £2,400 compensation and costs by Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court.
Cruz, aged 47, of Exeter Road, Exmouth, admitted threatening behaviour and was fined £200 with £50 costs.
Hempstead, aged 24, of Green Close, Exmouth, admitted affray at a hearing in January and was jailed for 18 months.
The Judge told Wicks: “I have seen the footage of this appalling incident. There may have been some provocation in there somewhere but you used significant violence including the use of objects as weapons.”
He told Cruz: “You did show some courage in taking exception to Hempstead’s behaviour. That was justifiable and there was a great deal of provocation but you lost your temper for a moment and picked up a pool cue when you did not need to do so.”
Miss Emily Pitts, prosecuting, played the CCTV footage, which she said showed the full extent of the violence.
Mr William Parkhill, defending Wicks, said he suffered a broken arm in the fracas and had tried to act as peacemaker until the final stages.
He said Wicks has no history of violence and was drawn into the incident by his friend Hempstead. He is in work as a carpenter and available to do community payback work.
Mr Michael Brown, for Cruz, said he had already suffered weeks of pain and discomfort from the serious injuries in the incident. He works as a chef and is the sole carer for a ten-year-old child.
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