Man ‘panned’ his cousin

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A MAN knocked his cousin unconscious by hitting him on the head with a saucepan.

Daniel Blaney, 27, of Ullswater Avenue, Morecambe, also kicked Dwaine Sharples to the head and body during the incident on the Ridge estate in Lancaster last August.

Preston Crown Court had previously heard that Blaney had disputed kicking his cousin, but after hearing evidence Judge Andrew Woolman felt that he had kicked him.

The court was told that the incident was sparked after Mr Sharples had allegedly offered Class A drugs to someone close to Blaney.

Mr Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said all parties had been out drinking on August 19.

An argument developed, initially resulting in Blaney leaving the Elements nightclub in Lancaster, where he had been with his cousin and other family members.

Blaney was later in a taxi and when he got out he approached his cousin whom he struck with a pan which he got out of a bag he was carrying.

Mr Sharples said he blacked out and then “came to” to find his relative kicking him. He put his arms up to protect his head and felt about seven more kicks to his body. A witness said Blaney had kicked his cousin twice to the head area.

Mr Sharples suffered a soft tissue injury to his nose and was directed to an ear, nose and throat department for further treatment. He also had a chipped tooth and a fractured little finger.

Mr Christopher Evans, defending, said his client had been expecting some level of confrontation at the time.

Blaney, who admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, had genuinely thought that cocaine had been supplied to someone close to him and was very anti-cocaine.

“He realises he has anger management issues.” added Mr Evans.

Blaney was given a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years, plus 12 months supervision and 150 hours unpaid work.

Mr Woolman said he was giving Blaney “one last chance”.