Fisherman beaten with national lottery sign as tensions erupt during six-week boat trip
A trawler beat his teammate with a national lottery sign after the tensions of a six-week fishing trip turned into violence.
On Sunday March 21, James Plant was seen punching and strangling the other man before picking up the panel, throwing it at him as he curled up on the ground.
The pair had both disembarked from an Exmouth-registered fishing vessel in Scarborough and Plant was already drunk by 11:30 a.m.
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CCTV from a store showed a brawl between two men in which Plant took over with a flurry of punches.
His opponent fell to the ground where he continued to hit him and knelt down to strangle him.
They both stood up before the fight resumed, with the other man throwing a sign at Plant and retaliating by throwing him to the ground again.
He then tossed the Lotto sign at her several times and followed with two more heavy-based signs. He also kicked and punched her in the head.
A shopkeeper called the police and by the time they arrived Plant had ripped off his shirt.
He pushed a policeman away so violently that he fell and then ran to his boat before the police caught and arrested him.
The owner of a harbor side chip shop told police: “I was terrified and worried that someone would get hurt. Honestly, it looked like he was going to kill him.
Plant, 34, from Dartmouth but now Queensway, Torquay, admitted to a fight and assaulting a rescuer and was jailed for two years and two months by Judge James Patrick in Exeter Crown Court .
He told her, “There must be immediate detention because you kicked a man on the ground, using your feet as a weapon, and you have a shocking record of offenses.
Prosecutor Miss Emily Pitts said the Sunday March 21 incident was filmed. The victim suffered no serious injuries and did not cooperate with the police.
Plant was convicted of 66 offenses, including assault, public order, drugs and drunkenness.
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Mr William Parkhill, defending, said Plant is a part fisherman who spent six weeks on board with a teammate who caused severe aggravation.
He said the two men had both disembarked and the tensions between them led to the scuffle.
Mr Parkhill said Plant’s previous offense was related to his alcohol and drug abuse, but he has now signed up for Alcoholics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous and accepts that he needs help.
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