Teen jailed for hammer attack

Dean Fearon
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A SON who attacked a man with a hammer for shouting at his mum has been locked up.

Dean Fearon hit Liam Dunn twice with a hammer after he told his mother to “get lost”, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Fearon, 19, was out for a game of pool with his mum Michelle and his girlfriend at NE38 Sports Bar in Washington.

Mr Dunn, 24, was sitting with his friends next to the pool table when there was an argument with Fearon’s mother, the court was told.

Bridie Smurthwaite, prosecuting, said: “The defendant’s mother is described as behaving in a very angry, intoxicated and offensive manner and was aggressive towards Mr Dunn.

“She was pointing a pool cue into his face, no more than two inches from his face.

“Mr Dunn decided he would tell her to stop and according to witnesses he told her to ‘get lost’.

“The defendant appeared from around the corner holding a hammer, saying ‘no one speaks to my mother like that’.

“He brought the hammer from head height down on towards Mr Dunn on his face and head twice.”

The attack, which happened on January 18 last year, was captured on the bar’s CCTV camera and showed how the attack ended after Fearon’s mother and girlfriend dragged him away from his victim.

Mr Dunn suffered from a suspected skull fracture, a laceration through his lip and one to his chin.

In a victim personal statement, read out in court, he said: “I feel very angry and upset.”

Fearon, who was arrested at his house at 5.30am the next day, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to wounding with intent, having an offensive weapon and affray.

When interviewed by police he said that he had gone to the pub for a game of pool and had consumed four or five pints which had made him feel “a bit wobbly”.

He told police that he was “very over protective of his mum”.

When he was shown the CCTV footage of the brutal attack, Fearon said: “I didn’t think I would do something like that, something that bad.”

Mr Gatland, mitigating for Fearon, said: “Whilst he was a schoolboy in 2007 his father was serving a sentence in prison when he was diagnosed with cancer of the blood.

“He was taken to hospital and when he was in the ward he told Fearon ‘you must look after your mother’.

“He says that these words have echoed in his head throughout his life and it has made him feel over-protective towards his mother.”

Fearon, of Whittingham Close, North Shields, was sentenced to four years in a Young Offenders’ Institute, minus the 197 days he has spent on tagged bail.

The court heard Michelle Fearon pleaded guilty to a section four public order offence last November and was sentenced to a six month community order.

Passing sentence, Judge Thorn said: “You launched a full scale attack with some ferocity.

“You must have struck him on the head at least twice and you still tried to rejoin the fray when others were restraining you.”