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Two dads fight on doorstep over child’s bullying accusations

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A father-of-two struck another man with a metal tool after a series of threatening messages between them over bullying allegations. Derby Crown Court heard how when the victim opened the door at his Derbyshire address, Johnathan Jenkinson, who was armed, stood there and said “I bet you did not expect to see me here?”

The man then punched the defendant who retaliated by hitting him at least twice with the weapon leaving him fleeing back into his house injured. Now he has been handed his first criminal conviction at the age of 33 and even defended himself in court as he earns too much money to qualify for Legal Aid funding.

Handing him an eight-month prison term, suspended for 18 months, Recorder Michelle Heeley KC asked the defendant: “You have never been in trouble before. What happened?” He replied: “It’s just been about false accusations about me and my partner and things just got out of hand.”

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Recorder Heeley asked: “What do you want to say to me now?” Jenkinson replied: “I am sorry for my family and his family, it all came to a head in a fast, few, seconds.”

Recorder Heeley said: “Whatever the rights and wrongs were about the children, your reaction was grossly inappropriate and going to his house with a metal bar was cowardly. Why you felt the need to resort to violence on this occasion is mystifying.”

David Allen, prosecuting, said the background to the incident was that Jenkinson and the victim both have five-year-old sons and the defendant became concerned his boy was being bullied by the victim’s child. He said on the evening of January 11, this year, a series of increasingly aggressive messages were sent between the two men culminating in the defendant being invited to sort things out at the complainant’s Chesterfield address.

The prosecutor said: “At around 10.50pm the complainant heard a knock at the door and opened it to see the defendant standing there saying ‘I bet you did not expect to see me here?’. He had his arms and fists clenched. The complainant struck the defendant to the face and the defendant then reached into what the complainant thought was a sock but must instead have been him taking hold of a metal extendable tool.

“The complainant was struck to the left thigh and then to the back of the head which he said caused him excruciating pain. He then pulled himself up and ran inside followed by the defendant who put his foot in the door to prevent him from closing it. He (the victim) eventually got inside.”

Mr Allen said Jenkinson left but messages between the two then continued with the defendant saying “you threw a punch at me” and the complainant replying “you came to the fight with a deadly weapon”. He said just before 1am Jenkinson handed himself in at the nearest police station. He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and has no previous convictions of any kind. The defendant was unrepresented in court.

As part of the suspended sentence order, Recorder Heeley ordered Jenkinson, of Burns Road, Rotherham, to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and to attend 12 rehabilitation sessions. She also handed him a five-year restraining order not to contact the victim and to pay him £500 compensation and £250 prosecution costs.

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