Dad and son both jailed for pub row
A FATHER and son have been jailed following attacks on a neighbour.
Craig Charters and his son Lee Charters, aged 19, of Heath Street, Goldenhill, admitted separate charges relating to the same victim, Andrew Casewell.
In May this year, Mr Casewell was drinking in the Old Queen's Head in Kidsgrove when he told Lee Charters's mum that her son was causing a nuisance riding his motorbike through the street late at night.
The following evening he was confronted by her husband Craig Charters, aged 53, of Monument Road, Talke Pits, who hit Mr Casewell with a pint glass.
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He also tried to cut him with a shard of broken glass.
Craig Charters then threatened to damage Mr Casewell's car and later that night he used a pick-axe handle to smash all the lights and windows in his Audi TT.
Mr Casewell, who reported the incidents to the police, was again in the pub on July 8 when he was confronted by Lee Charters who told him to drop the charges against his dad or face the consequences.
Both defendants have a string of previous convictions, and Lee Charters has been sentenced for witness intimidation in the past.
They both offered no comment responses in police interview, but pleaded guilty to the charges.
David Bennett, prosecuting, told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday: "In the first incident, as the Casewells entered the public house, the defendant Craig Charters flew at them, threw his pint over them and struck Mr Casewell with his glass.
"Both parties ended up on the floor and Craig Charters picked up a shard of broken glasses and tried to push it towards Mr Casewell.
"Then on July 8 Mr Casewell and his wife were in the pub and the defendant Lee Charters entered and walked straight over and got to within six inches of his face and told him to drop the charges.
"Mr Casewell then feared for his safety."
The court heard they both acted out of a sense of misguided family loyalty and the confrontation in July was a chance meeting.
Mitigation in both cases was limited and focused on the guilty pleas from both defendants.
Sentencing Craig Charter to six months for the assault and a further two months for the criminal damage, Judge Paul Glenn said: "This was a nasty, unprovoked incident, you have a temper and you hit Mr Casewell in the face with a glass and tried to cause further injuries.
"You made threats to damage his car and you are as good as your word because that night you went to his home and damaged it."
Sentencing Lee Charters to 14 months for intimidation in an attempt to pervert the course of justice, Judge Glenn said: "You are only 19 years old and you have acquired a significant criminal record. You knew your father was guilty of the assault and the criminal damage and you pushed your forehead in Mr Casewell's face and made serious threats to him."