A WINDOW cleaner has been spared jail after a “terrifying pub brawl” in which his father was seriously injured.
Burnley Crown Court heard how father-of-two Daniel Sharples (31) had struck the first blow in a fight with members of a family with whom there had been a long-standing feud in the trouble at the New Black Bull in Padiham on September 23rd.
Sharples, said to have been “fuelled by alcohol” had then been part of a large melee at the premises and continued the incident by returning to the scene.
The defendant, who is self employed, had earlier admitted affray before Pennine magistrates and had been committed for sentence.
Sharples, of Kings Drive, Padiham, was given 30 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, with 180 hours unpaid work.
His father Ivan Sharples (49) was seriously injured in the brawl and suffered broken bones and head injuries. He was left with a fractured skull.
Mr Richard Taylor (defending) told the hearing he was ashamed of his behaviour when he saw it on the CCTV recording.
He was a hard-working man, was building up his own business and was keen to carry on doing that.
Sentencing, Recorder Andrew Long said the melee must have been terrifying.
The judge told Sharples: “You know the consequences of what can happen when people start to fight because of what happened to your father that very night.”
The judge added the defendant had been out of trouble for seven years and had been living a law abiding and productive life.
Recorder Long said: “I hope you are able to put this matter behind you and return to your law abiding life.”