10:56AM, Wednesday 15 February 2012
A violent thug who smashed a man over the head with a bar stool inside a Windsor pub after a day out at racing in Ascot has been jailed.
Daniel O’Keefe, of Westcott Way, Middlesex, was found guilty of affray for his role in three men being assaulted on June 17 and was described as the 'catalyst' for the violence.
Jurors heard how the 31-year-old attacked a man with a bar stool inside the J D Wetherspoon owned Windelsora Public House in William Street. The court heard how as a result of O'Keefe's 'unprovoked attack' two other men were then assaulted in the street outside the pub.
Three men, two aged 29 and one aged 30, were assaulted in the incident that was witnessed by horrified passers-by.
O'Keefe was sentenced to 18 months behind bars at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday last week after a six-day trial. Two other men, not from the same group as O'Keefe, who were also charged with affray were found not guilty by the same jury.
PC Steve Parker, from the Windsor and Maidenhead violent crime team, said: "The judge as part of her summing up stated that O’Keefe was found guilty of an unprovoked attack with a weapon (bar stool) on a member of the opposing group for no apparent reason.
"He was described as the catalyst for the violence that followed and although he himself did not knock out two of the men, they would not have been assaulted had it not been for his actions at the start of the incident."
O'Keefe has been banned from entering any drinking establishments in Windsor.
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