A convicted killer is back behind bars after smashing a man’s face with a metal pole during an argument.
Paul Stewart, who was jailed for seven-and-a-half years for manslaughter in 2014, turned to violence again after an argument between children spiraled out of control. A court heard he was provoked by members of another family before arming himself with a metal pole used in his work as a decorator.
While trying to use it on the teenagers of the other family, it hit their father, causing fractures to his eye socket, cheekbone and sinuses and causing his eye to pop in. in the orbit and a limited range of motion. Now Stewart, who has 48 previous convictions, has been jailed for 14 months at Newcastle Crown Court.
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In November last year the victim discovered eggs had been thrown at his home in Wallsend and when he came out he noticed girls screaming at his son. After a girl made allegations that the man had assaulted and threatened her, which he denied, Stewart arrived at the scene.
Jon Harley, prosecuting, said Stewart ended up telling the man, “I’m going to knock you out and I’m going to burn your house down.” He added: “The argument went back and forth and at one point the sons of the man came out holding wooden planks, which they started swinging.
“The defendant ran to his car and got a metal pole. The defendant said, ‘I’m going to take your f****** head off’. He then swung the pole at the son but rather hit the man in the face.”
The victim was left with his eye sitting in a different position and suffered from double vision and said he needed surgery to replace the eye socket.
Stewart, 36, of Edge Way, East Benton Rise, Wallsend, pleaded guilty to GBH and possession of an offensive weapon. He was imprisoned for 14 months but served seven months in pre-trial detention and should therefore be released soon. Judge Julie Clemitson said Stewart was provoked and “every party bears some responsibility”, but that Stewart’s actions were illegal.
The court heard his previous convictions, including a fight in 2006, attempted robbery in 2007, threatening behavior in 2009, assault on a police officer in 2009, assault and possession of a bladed item in 2011 and assault and manslaughter in 2014.
Glenn Gatland, defending, said the victim and his family were responsible for anti-social behavior and said they “behaved in a rather disgraceful way”. He added: “The defendant, since his release from prison, had had no problems.” He said he came to find out what happened between the man and the girl.
Mr Gatland said that when the Sons of Man came out with wooden poles, he went to his car and got a ‘lightweight’ decorating pole used to spread rolls for use on ceilings, but that he “didn’t intend to attack anyone, he was just extremely angry at how he developed”.
He added: “He is sorry and expresses remorse.” Mr Gatland said Stewart was in a relationship with a teacher and worked as a painter and decorator, a job that remains open to him.