Dad blinds man with punch after wading into row between son and ex-partner
A cleaner and his son assaulted two men at a children’s play area over a family dispute, leaving one victim partially blind.
Neil Busfield, 53, punched his victim after getting involved with a row about his 26-year-old son Kyle’s young daughter. On December 1, 2018 Kyle arrived at the Jungle Playcentre in Chesterfield, Derbyshire to see his child, who he has with a former partner.
He soon became embroiled in a row with his ex and her new partner, calling his child’s mother a ‘slag’, Derby Crown Court heard. She took her girl back to the car, but Kyle followed and tried to take his daughter out of the vehicle, at which point the new partner, who was visiting with his dad, stepped in.
The disgruntled dad punched the boyfriend to the side of the head at least twice, at which point Neil rushed in to aid his son, hitting the new boyfriend’s father in the face and kicking him.
Rosemary Kavanagh, prosecuting, said: ‘The victim was pouring with blood and Neil said to him ‘You foreigner, I will kill you and I will kill your family.’
He punched his target so hard he lost the remaining 35% he had left in an eye, meaning he is at risk of having to surrender his driving licence to the DVLA.
Neil, from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to racially-aggravated wounding while his son, of the same address, admitted to assault by beating.
Handing Neil a 19-month jail sentence, suspended for two years Judge Shaun Smith QC said: ‘You got involved because of loyalty to your son and you misread the situation.
‘Your case is aggravated because during the assault you called him “a foreigner”.
‘It was a very, very, unpleasant situation for him and racial abuse of any kind is wrong.’
Handing Kyle Busfield a 12-month community order, Judge Smith said: ‘You got involved in a slanging match over your young daughter and if it has stopped there and you had walked away we would not be here today. But you could not let it go.’
Both men were also handed five-year restraining orders forbidding them from contacting their victims.
Neil Busfield was ordered to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work and pay £750 compensation to his victim while his son was ordered to carry out 120 hours and pay £250.