Fisherman hit driver in Penzance after a 'tough' week at sea
A NEWLYN fisherman attacked a delivery driver in his sixties after returning from a "tough" week at sea.
At Truro Magistrates' Court on Thursday, Stacy Ganbrill, 21, admitted assaulting by beating 64-year old Neville Trenoweth on September 16.
Alison May, for the prosecution, said Mr Trenoweth was delivering to Warrens on Market Jew Street at 2.30am on November 16, when he was set upon by Ganbrill, of Treveneth Crescent.
She said: "He was aware of three young men walking up the street. He says he turned around and one of those three had climbed up on to the tailgate [of his delivery vehicle]."
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She said Mr Trenoweth described the incident: "I asked him why he was on it and that it was not safe and asked him to get down.
"As I approached him he punched my head with a clenched fist to the left eye."
The driver was left shaken after the attack and later told police that it had made him nervous about working alone at night.
Martin Pearce, for the defence, said that Ganbrill was utterly disgusted by his behaviour.
He said: "He had returned home from a seven-day fishing trip. It is an industry that has a drinking culture."
Mr Pearce said Ganbrill had gone out drinking instead of going home after the trip which had been a "tough" one.
Ganbrill was given a six-month drink banning order not to be under the influence of alcohol in a public place, and was ordered to pay a £300 fine, £200 compensation, £85 in prosecution costs and a £35 victim surcharge.