Boxing fan started his own fight after being blocked from watching bout at victim’s home

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A BOXING fan caused a fight of his own when he was refused entry to a house to watch a televised bout.

Stuart Halliday wanted to be let into Carl Thompson’s home to watch the Manny Pacquiao v Brandon Rios fight on November 23 and ended up making knife threats then smashing a kitchen window when he was not allowed.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Mr Thompson was forced to throw punches of his own to get the 27-year-old away from his door.

Halliday, of Redwood Grove, Sunderland, admitted criminal damage, having an article with a blade and affray and was jailed for 18 months.

Judge John Milford QC told him: “You went to the home of a family, they were settling down to watch a boxing match on television and you had it in your head that they would let you in to their house to watch it.

“Such was not the case, Mr Thompson had to use some force to get rid of you.

“Your reaction to that was to throw a rock towards his house which broke the kitchen window and then to produce a knife and shout threatening words.

“These are the sort of offences which cannot be tolerated.”

The court heard Halliday, who has previous convictions, was out on licence from a previous prison sentence at the time.

Prosecutor Susan Hirst said the Thompson family, with their nephew and some friends, had gathered together to watch the fight when Halliday turned up at the door.

Miss Hirst said: “He accepts he became angry when Carl Thompson would not allow him inside and remonstrated with Mr Thompson about that.”

The court heard Mr Thompson broke Halliday’s nose by punching him in the face during his efforts to get him away from the house.

Vic Laffey, defending, said: “He appears to be the only one who actually suffered any injury.

“He sustained several punches to the face and one resulted in the breaking of his nose.”

Mr Laffey said Halliday was keen to be given an opportunity to prove he can keep out of trouble.