Drunk turns child’s fifth birthday party into horror show


A child’s fifth birthday party turned to horror when a drunk man lost his temper after a young mum turned down his advances.

Simon Murray attacked four guests at the party including cutting a man’s face with a Stanley knife and pulling a clump of a woman’s hair out.

Murray, 23, also used a dog chain to whip people during the shocking episode at the house in Lupset.

Leeds Crown Court heard the incident happened on June 15 this year, just 18 days after Murray had been released from prison for supplying drugs.

Christopher Attwooll, prosecuting, said Murray had been invited to the party on Robin Hood Crescent.

Murray got heavily drunk and grabbed a woman after she rebuffed his advances. The victim was holding a five-year-old child when he attacked her.

He then assaulted another woman and pulled out a clump of her hair when she tried to intervene.

Murray then began fighting with other people in the garden. He threatened to burn the house down before leaving.

He returned armed with two knives and used one of them to cut a man’s face when he turned violent again.

He also lashed out with a dog chain and caused damage to a car.

Murray, of Snapethorpe Road, Lupset, pleaded guilty to affray, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two offences of common assault, two offences of possessing an offensive weapon and criminal damage. He was jailed for two years and four months.

John Wilkinson, mitigating, said his client had “been playing catch-up in the drinking stakes” after spending a long time in prison.