Thug who smashed up car at family BBQ after nobody laughed at joke jailed

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Thug who smashed up car at family BBQ after nobody laughed at joke jailed

A drunk thug who went berserk at a family barbecue and smashed up a car and threatened to burn down a house after a joke back-fired has been jailed.

Sozzled Gary Peacock, 29, flew into a rage when another party-goer knocked his hat off his head for a prank.

Peacock pushed over a chair and punched the man before hurling a glass bottle at him which missed but smashed a woman in the head.

The woman needed seven stitches for a cut on the head following the attack on June 26.

He was restrained by other family members but then stormed out of the party in Worksop, Notts., and got into his white van.

He then ploughed the van into another car belonging to a man who had attended the barbecue.

He got out of his van and screamed: “You don’t mess with the Peacocks!” while pouring liquid from a petrol can on to the wrecked car.

He then took out a lighter and threatened to burn the house down and threw the fuel on to a woman.

A neighbour came out to tell him to leave, while the fire service was called and he finally left the scene.

Police arrested Peacock and a breathalyser test showed he had 59mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – almost twice the legal limit of 35mg.

Peacock, of Worksop, Notts., admitted common assault, dangerous driving, drink-driving, affray and wounding at Nottingham Crown Court.

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On Wednesday (2/9) he was jailed for 22 months and banned from driving for three years and nine months.

Detective Constable Gemma Patterson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “There is no excuse for the violence, damage and fear he caused.

“This was a terrifying evening for those at the party. It started harmlessly enough, with everyone in good spirits.

“However a clearly drunk Peacock ruined the evening by starting an unprovoked fight and caused mayhem.

“First by throwing a glass bottle at a woman, causing a lot of pain and a hospital visit  for the victim.

“And then getting into his vehicle, crashing it deliberately into a woman’s car and  threatening to burn her house, her vehicle and the woman herself.

“We are pleased with today’s result and we hope the victims and those who saw

Peacock’s actions that night are given some comfort that he won’t be able to cause so much trouble to anyone for the foreseeable future.”

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