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Joke outside Shrewsbury Hotel led to ‘sickening’ town centre brawl

By Sue Austin | Shrewsbury | Crime | Published:

A joke about paying for a light outside a pub escalated into a brawl with punches thrown and one man needing 10 stitches to his face.

The Shrewsbury Hotel. Picture: Google StreetView

CCTV which captured the violence showed one victim seemingly knocked unconscious during the attack outside the Shrewsbury Hotel, in Shrewsbury.

Daniel Greer punched a woman twice, headbutted a man and picked up a chair and threw it, Shrewsbury Crown Court heard.

Sisters Mollie and Ellie Jones slapped out at the group and Mollie threw a salt cellar.

On Tuesday Daniel Greer, 33, of Quail Ridge, Ford, was jailed for two years after he admitted two counts of causing actual bodily harm on April 8.

The sisters who were with him admitted violent disorder. Mollie Jones, 21, of New Park Road, Shrewsbury, was given a 12-month suspended jail sentence and put on a three-month curfew while Ellie Jones, 23, of Water Street, Shrewsbury, was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay costs of £100.

Judge Jim Tindall told all three that the images he had seen on CCTV had been sickening.

Mr Phillip Beardwell, prosecuting, said the trouble started when Mollie Jones asked a woman in another group for a light for her cigarette. “She replied ‘it will cost you’ at which the defendants took offence and started to mock the woman for her Scouse accent.

Greer also offered the woman a blood-soaked dressing from his foot as payment.

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He then punched the woman twice.

The two sisters started slapping out at the group and Greer headbutted a man. There were more punches and the camera showed one victim lying on the group, Mr Beardwell said.

“During the course of this indiscriminate violence Mollie Jones through a salt cellar and Greer picked up a chair and threw it,” he said.

One of his victims appeared to be knocked unconscious. Three people were assaulted with one man needing 10 stitches in a cut to his face.

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Miss Samantha Powis for Greer said he could remember nothing about the incident and was deeply ashamed having been shown the CCTV footage. He had been remanded in custody in October following a domestic violence incident and was suffering from depression, she said.

Mr Stephen Scully said Mollie Jones was a single mother and had been on a rare night out. “She got herself involved in a situation that never should have happened.”

Mr Danny Smith for Ellie Jones, said his client looked after her son single-handedly with not family help at all.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
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