Cage fighter must take anger management course after coma assault

Teesside Crown Court

Teesside Crown Court

First published in News

A CAGE fighter whose brutal assault led to a man spending six days in an induced coma has walked free from court after a judge agreed he had been subjected to “extreme provocation”.

David Wilson, who also works as a part-time gardener, had been attacked by the victim, a former friend, after he intervened in a confrontation the man was having with his wife after a party held on the Brough estate, in Colburn, near Catterick.

Wilson walked him home, but the pair brawled violently in a series of fights, some of which were witnessed by parents and their children.

The 27-year-old was hit and knocked off guard by the victim, who was said to be very drunk, and later told police he “lost it”. He then launched an attack of his own, punching and kicking the complainant who suffered a broken nose and swelling to the brain.

Richard Bennett, prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, said the brain injury was “potentially catastrophic” and required surgery to relieve the pressure on the organ.

The victim, who himself had experience as a cage fighter, had now recovered, although it remained to be seen whether his cognitive ability had been impaired.

Wilson, a father of two, of Walnut Avenue, Colburn, admitted causing grievous bodily harm on July 31 last year.

His barrister Adrian Dent said he had been subjected to a good deal of provocation and urged Recorder Mark McKone to take an exceptional course in suspending any jail sentence.

He said: “He fought him in order to stop being assaulted himself and to prevent the complainant from getting into any further trouble.

“He is not the brightest of people. Concepts of reasonable self defence and going too far are difficult for him to understand.”

Recorder McKone said it had been a savage attack, but the victim had also acted in a quite disgraceful way.

He believed Wilson would not commit any further offences in the future and to immediately jail him would have a disproportionate effect on his family.

He suspended a two year jail sentence on him for two years, gave him 200 hours unpaid work, and ordered he attend an anger management course.

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10:53am Thu 17 Jul 14

greenfinger says...

So someone comes and punches him in the face, he stands up for himself and he gets punished, disgraceful decision!

He had every right to comatose the moron,the judge himself said he too had experience of the "Cage", and what a disgraceful sport that is may I add.

This stinks
So someone comes and punches him in the face, he stands up for himself and he gets punished, disgraceful decision! He had every right to comatose the moron,the judge himself said he too had experience of the "Cage", and what a disgraceful sport that is may I add. This stinks greenfinger
  • Score: 6

12:29pm Thu 17 Jul 14

missy505 says...

The judge also said he did an honourable thing!! Cage fighter, 1 experience, 1 fight won. He isn't a brute!! He is a good family man. Has a fabulous partner & 2 kids. I am his proud Sister. Good result WILSON !!!
The judge also said he did an honourable thing!! Cage fighter, 1 experience, 1 fight won. He isn't a brute!! He is a good family man. Has a fabulous partner & 2 kids. I am his proud Sister. Good result WILSON !!! missy505
  • Score: 6

3:43pm Thu 17 Jul 14

settheworldonfire says...

Meat heads...judge should have locked him up......Proud sister?....Result? bang em up....
Meat heads...judge should have locked him up......Proud sister?....Result? bang em up.... settheworldonfire
  • Score: 6

4:50pm Thu 17 Jul 14

missy505 says...

You clearly know him??! Lock one up for self defence?! And that's right proud sister.. He is a good man & was provoked if you read.. Suppose your not one to protect yourself ?! You clown.
You clearly know him??! Lock one up for self defence?! And that's right proud sister.. He is a good man & was provoked if you read.. Suppose your not one to protect yourself ?! You clown. missy505
  • Score: 2

11:23am Sun 20 Jul 14

trollydoll says...

if u knew this family and what they been through because of a fight that got out of hand! the persom who was assulted DOES NOT have any experience of cage fighting at all how ever the person that assult him was a provisonal cage fighter!!!!! ( northern echo will be getting a email) if this perspn was provoked to attached why did he follow him home? why was there 3 seperate fights? and hes saying he was sober if he was sober he should of walked away then???? this family has been through so much because of this inciedent if tou know them you would understand!!!! noone wanted to see the attacker being sent to prison because he has children but this is not justice at all end off!!!!
if u knew this family and what they been through because of a fight that got out of hand! the persom who was assulted DOES NOT have any experience of cage fighting at all how ever the person that assult him was a provisonal cage fighter!!!!! ( northern echo will be getting a email) if this perspn was provoked to attached why did he follow him home? why was there 3 seperate fights? and hes saying he was sober if he was sober he should of walked away then???? this family has been through so much because of this inciedent if tou know them you would understand!!!! noone wanted to see the attacker being sent to prison because he has children but this is not justice at all end off!!!! trollydoll
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2:05am Tue 22 Jul 14

missy505 says...

Judge, jury, statements & media do not lie!! We have read it all :-) So carry on with your Lie's . Maybe they should show you from that side. And you will see the truth!!! Cage fighter was used as the catchy headliner..
Judge, jury, statements & media do not lie!! We have read it all :-) So carry on with your Lie's . Maybe they should show you from that side. And you will see the truth!!! Cage fighter was used as the catchy headliner.. missy505
  • Score: 2

6:47pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Darlo14 says...

He should be locked up and the key thrown away. He's a brute. I'd be scared for his kids and partner if he's like that with a ex friend whats he like with the rest of the world and his family. I've heard he's got a record for fighting before. Lock him up.
He should be locked up and the key thrown away. He's a brute. I'd be scared for his kids and partner if he's like that with a ex friend whats he like with the rest of the world and his family. I've heard he's got a record for fighting before. Lock him up. Darlo14
  • Score: -1

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