Father and son knock out man at Cardiff RFC engagement party

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A father and son knocked out a man and threw bar stools and bins during a fight at an engagement party at Cardiff RFC. The fight was caught on CCTV as Abba’s Dancing Queen performed in the background.

Danny, 41, and Cavell Sinclair, 21, attended the Cardiff Athletic Club party on the Cardiff Arms Park grounds on November 26 last year and had been drinking alcohol. At around 9:30 p.m., the two defendants were involved in a fight with two men and punches were thrown.

During a sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday, one of the men fell to the ground and was punched in the face by Danny Sinclair who knocked him out. The melee progressed outside the clubhouse where Cavell Sinclair threw bar stools that connected with a man’s head and another man’s face. He also threw a wheelie bin.

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The two defendants, of Clydesmuir Road, Tremorfa, were arrested and both pleaded guilty to affray. Danny Sinclair had previous convictions, including threatening behavior, while Cavell Sinclair had good character.

In mitigation, Andrew Davies for Danny Sinclair said his client struggled financially after opening a cafe which closed when the pandemic hit, but he helped deliver food parcels to older people in his community local. The lawyer said the defendant also provided support to his mother and sister and was the primary breadwinner in his family. Up until the evening of the party, Mr Davies said his client had not drunk alcohol for a considerable time.

Andrew Kendal, for Cavell Sinclair, said his client saw his father being attacked and made a “huge mistake” in his reaction. He said the defendant’s grandfather died shortly before the offense and as a keen rugby player for St Peter’s RFC he missed a cup final due to his living conditions. bail.

Recorder Christian Jowett sentenced Danny Sinclair to 10 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 15 months, and was ordered to perform a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 180 hours of unpaid work. Cavell Sinclair was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment suspended for 15 months and was ordered to perform eight days rehabilitation activity and 180 hours of unpaid work.

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