Man admits car park assault using iron bar

PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 July 2015


An Exmouth carpenter attacked a man with an iron bar in a McDonald’s car park after ‘macho posturing’ led to violence, a court has heard.

Jordan Hebburn launched a pre-emptive strike by hitting Samuel Garland from behind with a heavy weight-lifting bell bar as he reached into his car outside the fast food outlet in Salterton Road.

Police found a length of chain at the scene and Hebburn claimed he had been threatened with other weapons after being driven to Woodbury Common by Mr Garland in the past.

He also alleged that Mr Garland had claimed to have links to what he called the ‘Cardiff mafia’, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Hebburn, aged 20, of The Parade, admitted causing actual bodily harm and his case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC.

Mr Sean Brunton, prosecuting, said Hebburn was originally charged with causing grievous bodily harm, but neurological reports showed that the damage done by his attack was not as serious as feared.

An expert report from an eye surgeon also showed that a partial loss of vision in Mr Garland’s left eye may have been caused by a kick-boxing injury in the past rather than the iron bar attack.

Mr Brunton said: “There are some unusual features of this case. It would seem there was a long history of macho posturing between the two men.

“The defendant says he had been taken to Woodbury Common and shown weapons and told the complainant was part of the mafia in Cardiff.

“It would seem there had also been claims and posts on Facebook and we accept there was a history which led this defendant to attack the other man from behind with a metal bar as he bent over.

“A chain was recovered near the exit to the car park, but it is not clear how it got there. We say the use of the metal bar is an aggravating feature of this assault.

“Hebburn decided to make a pre-emptive strike to fend off the chain or something else.”

Mr Joss Ticehurst, defending, said Hebburn has entered a basis of plea explaining the background to the assault.

He passed the judge Facebook print-offs including one showing Mr Garland with three friends, all brandishing baseball bats.

Judge Gilbert told Hebburn: “All options including custody will be open to the sentencing judge. This was a serious matter involving the use of a very dangerous weapon to attack this man without giving him any chance to escape.

“You are lucky you did not cause a far more serious injury by hitting him from behind with this weapon. You could easily be facing a much more serious charge.”

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