Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

EX-VICAR'S ATTACK ON DUO; Court Told of Kicks and Punches on Dad and Son EXCLUSIVE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

EX-VICAR'S ATTACK ON DUO; Court Told of Kicks and Punches on Dad and Son EXCLUSIVE

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Byline: By MIKE MORGAN

A FORMER Teesside vicar forced a door before launching punches and kicks at a father and son.

William Barnes, 50, an ex-vicar at Dormanstown and one-time religious education teacher at Gillbrook College, South Bank, also armed himself with a walking stick during the attack, a court heard.

He admitted two charges of assault over a family dispute against father and son Michael and Mark Gladders, at Saltburn, when he appeared at Langbaurgh East Magistrates' Court.

Barnes, of Cropton Close, Redcar, had been suffering from an undiagnosed mood disorder at the time of the offences, the court was told.

The former vicar had no previous convictions prior to the incident.

But the court heard that on July 11 at Teesside Crown Court, he was given a suspended prison sentence for dangerous driving and drink-driving and banned for 18 months.

Chairman of the Bench Paul Cegla said magistrates accepted the offences were committed due to his state of mind because of family circumstances at the time.

They reduced his sentence due to his guilty pleas.

Afterwards, Barnes told the Gazette he accepted the magistrates' decision.

He said: "It was a very unfortunate time in my life health-wise.

"I had a mood disorder, which was undiagnosed, which is now being treated.

"Myself and my family are now moving on and the quicker we can put this behind us, the better."

Noelle Brockbank, prosecuting, said Mark Gladders was the father of two sons and Michael Gladders was their grandfather. Barnes was their stepfather, having married Mark Gladders' ex-wife.

She said that on February 12 Michael was at home with his wife and Mark.

He answered the doorbell and Barnes, who was shouting abuse, tried to push his way in.

She said: "Barnes forced the door and Michael was pushed on to his back. …

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