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Company boss escapes jail after knocking man unconscious

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 09, 2014

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A COMPANY boss who knocked a reveller unconscious with single punch was spared immediate prison by a judge.

Security cameras in Burton town centre filmed George Balfour hitting James Underwood without any warning and send him crashing to the pavement.

The completely unprovoked attack happened outside the town’s Fever nightspot, in High Street, on September 14 last year, Stafford Crown Court heard.

David Bennett, prosecuting, said the injured man and his friend had been turned away from the nightclub and they were walking away when his friend said ‘hello’ to a group of men.

He said: “For no reason the defendant punched the injured party in the face without warning.”

The defendant was detained by door staff from the nightclub as he was about to get in to a taxi and handed over to police.

Balfour, 30, of Hope Way, Church Gresley, who admitted a charge of actual bodily harm was sentenced to eight months suspended for 18 months, ordered to pay Mr Underwood £1,000 compensation and £1,200 costs and to do 100 hours unpaid community work.

Judge Amjad Nawaz told Balfour: “You are a big strong man and what you did was reprehensible - an unprovoked attack on a member of the public.”

Mr Bennett said Mr Underwood spent eight hours in Burton’s Queen’s Hospital’s accident and emergency department being treated for a large graze on his head, a cut lip and chipped teeth.

The court heard that Balfour had a previous conviction for inflicting grievous bodily harm in 2005.

This was due to a foul on an opponent in a Burton Sunday league football match.

Philip Morris, defending, said Balfour was a civil engineer who ran his own business employing 15 people.

He said: “This was an incident entirely out of character.

“The level of alcohol he consumed that day was a determining factor in the way he acted.”

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  • bograt1  |  July 26 2014, 2:40PM

    Burton mail Your a disgrace….false headlines….lies for police….wheres tracy thomas (train guard manager) story that was on your website why remove it surely its not because its the same woman that is a pillar of community she even got disabled children as this is what she told her prosecution barrister to add whilst trying stitch me up….4 days prosecution pretend the video will arrive to prove she right and i did assault her and back her into fridge like a boxer….u looked (police) at video to lift it from a common assault to a abh on a public servant….but guess what the video never arrived why that?? CHARGES DROPPED they even begged me take lesser charge?? as i iam a lying ******* in it thats why u lost video must be??…….then yrs later she and a pakistani boy from burton in mail for same ****….and now its removed off website why out of thousands of storys on your website would u pick that specific one??…must be same reason mosque riot…pretend set up grow rooms etc ole jav etc etc removed….yeah he bustin cannabis yards in derby rd but that aint alley cats yard or anglesy rd is it??………..i AINT HAVIN IT FACT other than that iam cool calm collected for what ever little plans my NOT so good pals the police n klegnuts have in stall for me…………………..i wait with "baited" breath

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  • bograt1  |  July 26 2014, 2:37PM

    Burton mail Your a disgrace….false headlines….lies for police….wheres tracy thomas (train guard manager) story that was on your website why remove it surely its not because its the same woman that is a pillar of community she even got disabled children as this is what she told her prosecution barrister to add whilst trying stitch me up….4 days prosecution pretend the video will arrive to prove she right and i did assault her and back her into fridge like a boxer….u looked (police) at video to lift it from a common assault to a abh on a public servant….but guess what the video never arrived why that?? CHARGES DROPPED they even begged me take lesser charge?? as i iam a lying ******* in it thats why u lost video must be??…….then yrs later she and a pakistani boy from burton in mail for same ****….and now its removed off website why out of thousands of storys on your website would u pick that specific one??…must be same reason mosque riot…pretend set up grow rooms etc ole jav etc etc removed….yeah he bustin cannabis yards in derby rd but that aint alley cats yard or anglesy rd is it??………..i AINT HAVIN IT FACT other than that iam cool calm collected for what ever little plans my NOT so good pals the police n klegnuts have in stall for me…………………..i wait with "baited" breath

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  • bograt1  |  July 26 2014, 2:31PM

    Burton mail Your a disgrace….false headlines….lies for police….wheres tracy thomas (train guard manager) story that was on your website why remove it surely its not because its the same woman that is a pillar of community she even got disabled children as this is what she told her prosecution barrister to add whilst trying stitch me up….4 days prosecution pretend the video will arrive to prove she right and i did assault her and back her into fridge like a boxer….u looked (police) at video to lift it from a common assault to a abh on a public servant….but guess what the video never arrived why that?? CHARGES DROPPED they even begged me take lesser charge?? as i iam a lying ******* in it thats why u lost video must be??…….then yrs later she and a pakistani boy from burton in mail for same ****….and now its removed off website why out of thousands of storys on your website would u pick that specific one??…must be same reason mosque riot…pretend set up grow rooms etc ole jav etc etc removed….yeah he bustin cannabis yards in derby rd but that aint alley cats yard or anglesy rd is it??………..i AINT HAVIN IT FACT other than that iam cool calm collected for what ever little plans my NOT so good pals the police n klegnuts have in stall for me…………………..i wait with "baited" breath

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