Man who wielded dumbbell bar during door damage dispute jailed

Man who wielded dumbbell bar during door damage dispute jailed

Man who wielded dumbbell bar during door damage dispute jailed

First published in News

Two off duty police officers stepped in when Jamie Claridge swung a 10 inch dumbbell bar at a man who he said had damaged his front door.

Claridge, 32, came up behind Kerry Reynolds in Watford High Street on a Friday evening just before Christmas.

He swung the bar at Mr Reynolds, but the officers intervened before there was any contact, St Albans crown court heard today (Friday).

Claridge, of Wilmington Close, Watford, was convicted of having an offensive weapon on December 20 last year. He had previous convictions for an offensive weapon and possessing a bladed article. He told the jury he had only intended to frighten Mr Reynolds.

David Baird, defending, said Claridge, who came to court in a wheelchair, had broken his leg. He said his partner had lost their child after being involved in a car accident. He said Claridge had never been to prison before.

Jailing him for six months, Judge Andrew Bright QC said: "You have previous convictions for having an offensive weapon and a bladed article. You are ready to get a weapon when it suits you.

"You believed Kerry Reynolds had damaged your front door. There is no justification for arming yourself and setting off with a bar with the intention of using it."

The judge said he reduced the sentence he would have passed from nine months because of Claridge's injury and the loss of his partner's child.

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3:32pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Free the P says...

I always carry a dumbbell bar on my person, you just never know when it may come in handy. It never crossed my mind that you could wack someone around the head with it, good idea. xx
I always carry a dumbbell bar on my person, you just never know when it may come in handy. It never crossed my mind that you could wack someone around the head with it, good idea. xx Free the P
  • Score: 1

3:50pm Fri 22 Aug 14

CaptainPC says...

YAARFC
YAARFC CaptainPC
  • Score: -2

4:05pm Fri 22 Aug 14

watford_bob says...

Why would anyone intervene if Kerry Crossley / Reynolds was about to cop an unfortunate one?!
Why would anyone intervene if Kerry Crossley / Reynolds was about to cop an unfortunate one?! watford_bob
  • Score: 10

12:34pm Tue 26 Aug 14

garston tony says...

What a prat, I loved the defence of he's never been to prison before trying in effect to say he is of previous good character. The lawyer should remember that records are kept and that his previous convictions werent going to be ignored!
What a prat, I loved the defence of he's never been to prison before trying in effect to say he is of previous good character. The lawyer should remember that records are kept and that his previous convictions werent going to be ignored! garston tony
  • Score: 3

6:54pm Tue 26 Aug 14

meriden8miche says...

That prat u r talking about is my brother.jus because you read something in the paper u think it gives you the right to judge him.he hasnt been to prison bfore cos he has never hurt anyone in his life.but wen you get home and find that a certain person has kicked in ur front door and gone into ur property without permission its understandable that he might be feeling a bit angry .he shouldnt of gone out with a bar looking for the culprit and he knows that and is serving his time.people do stupid things sometimes wen they are provoked.by the way he has got no previous convictions for violence he has never hurt anyone in his life!!! Till u get the right story about what happened dont judge people just by wot u read in the paper!!
That prat u r talking about is my brother.jus because you read something in the paper u think it gives you the right to judge him.he hasnt been to prison bfore cos he has never hurt anyone in his life.but wen you get home and find that a certain person has kicked in ur front door and gone into ur property without permission its understandable that he might be feeling a bit angry .he shouldnt of gone out with a bar looking for the culprit and he knows that and is serving his time.people do stupid things sometimes wen they are provoked.by the way he has got no previous convictions for violence he has never hurt anyone in his life!!! Till u get the right story about what happened dont judge people just by wot u read in the paper!! meriden8miche
  • Score: -3

10:14am Wed 27 Aug 14

garston tony says...

Seriously, give it a rest! Your defence of your brother is as poor as his lawyers! Not the lawyers fault mind you, you can only work with what you’ve got and what he had was your brother literally caught red handed trying to brain someone else with a bar.

He's lucky that he wasn’t in court up on charges of GBH or murder bro, if you cant control your anger and do the right thing then that does make you a prat. If the coppers hadn’t been there we could just as easily be calling your bro a MURDERER and he’d be facing far longer than a six month sentence, out in three.

As you brought up getting facts right I never said he had previous convictions for violence, neither does the article which makes it clear the convictions where for possession of offensive and bladed weapons. WHAT WAS HIS EXCUSE THOSE TIMES BRO? Obviously not valid ones or he wouldn’t have gotten the convictions would he.

Fair play for defending your brother, its a natural thing to do but you’re trying to defend the indefensible and doing neither you nor your brother any favours. If you care for your brother then don’t try and claim black is blue but spend your energy doing your best to make sure he isn’t a prat in the future
Seriously, give it a rest! Your defence of your brother is as poor as his lawyers! Not the lawyers fault mind you, you can only work with what you’ve got and what he had was your brother literally caught red handed trying to brain someone else with a bar. He's lucky that he wasn’t in court up on charges of GBH or murder bro, if you cant control your anger and do the right thing then that does make you a prat. If the coppers hadn’t been there we could just as easily be calling your bro a MURDERER and he’d be facing far longer than a six month sentence, out in three. As you brought up getting facts right I never said he had previous convictions for violence, neither does the article which makes it clear the convictions where for possession of offensive and bladed weapons. WHAT WAS HIS EXCUSE THOSE TIMES BRO? Obviously not valid ones or he wouldn’t have gotten the convictions would he. Fair play for defending your brother, its a natural thing to do but you’re trying to defend the indefensible and doing neither you nor your brother any favours. If you care for your brother then don’t try and claim black is blue but spend your energy doing your best to make sure he isn’t a prat in the future garston tony
  • Score: 2
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