Angry chef attacked customers in Sunderland takeaway

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A CHEF assaulted four people in a chicken takeaway.

Ralph Dukes, who works in the off-shore industry, attacked the group of three friends and a stranger in King Chicken, near Park Lane in Sunderland city centre.

The 58-year-old dad lost his temper after a row broke out between people in the takeaway and his son.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard how he punched an unknown man, who was in the shop with his girlfriend, after he intervened in the disagreement, which took place at about 11.30pm on Tuesday, June 19.

Prosecutor Paul Doney said: “The defendant involved himself by saying ‘If you talk to my son again like that, I will lash all three of you’.

“The unknown male at the counter said: ‘There is no need for that, they are girls’.”

Jukes confronted the man and despite his victim saying he did not want to fight, the defendant lunged at him and punched him in the face.

Jukes, of Ravenscourt Road, Red House, then headbutted Kieran Hughes and assaulted two girls who were with him.

He pleaded guilty to four charges of assault, but told JPs he could not remember hitting the women – Louise Frazer and Alex Thompson.

Mr Doney added: “He was throwing his hands and fists about.

“As a result police attended the scene and the defendant said: ‘I will be honest with you officer, I headbutted him’.

“During the interview he admitted punching an unknown male and headbutting Mr Hughes when he became involved.”

A statement from Miss Thompson was read out to the court, where she said she was now afraid of going out and had suffered bad dreams.

Mitigating, Jason Smith said his client accepted his reaction was “over and above what was acceptable in the circumstances”.

He added: “He accepts that he lost his temper in defence of his son and to an extent the incident should not have manifested itself in the way that it did.

“He does not recall at any time touching either of the females at all.”

Magistrates fined Jukes £880 and ordered he paid £85 towards court costs and £450 in compensation, to be split between his three named victims.

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