A RUGBY man who relentlessly pummelled someone he believed had hit his mother, keeping up the attack even as he was dragged off by a policeman, has been jailed for nine months.
Shane Tune, 26, of Knowle Close, had pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm. He also admitted a separate offence of theft.
Glyn Samuel, prosecuting at Warwick Crown Court, said Tune had entered his plea on the basis he believed the victim had hit his mother Christine, but that he did not kick him.
Tune and his mother and another man went into the Black Horse pub in Rugby on December 19 last year, and they were “somewhat rude and loud and abusive”.
A scuffle broke out and the victim said he was assaulted after he tried to tell them to stop, although Tune said he went over to speak to him because his mother said the man had hit her at the bar.
But whatever sparked it off, the man was punched repeatedly and ended up on the floor where Tune got on top of him and continued to rain punches down on him.
When a policeman arrived he could not get in at first because the door was being blocked by the victim on the floor and Tune on top of him, still punching him.
Eventually the officer managed to force the door open and grabbed Tune, who continued to lash out.
The policeman had to punch Tune twice to the solar plexus to wind him before he and a colleague could subdue him.
At the time Tune was on bail for possessing Temazepam tablets, and when he was searched he was found to have another two tablets on him, which he admitted possessing.
Tune was granted bail, and in January, three weeks after he had been given a conditional discharge for his original Temazepam offence, he stole lead from a house in Sissinghurst Close.
David Everett, defending, said Tune had a “significant background” of drink and drug abuse.
He had been told his mother had been assaulted, so had confronted his victim and “got considerably the better of him”.
And the lead theft had taken place because he and his wife had just had a child but were having benefit problems.
Judge Trevor Faber told Tune: “You believed somebody had assaulted your mother, but even if that was the case, it does not excuse what you then did.
“You were involved in a sustained assault.”
Christine Tune, 46, of Skiddaw, Brownsover, who had denied taking part in the assault, was given a not guilty verdict after Mr Samuel offered no evidence against her.