A TWENTY-stone thug broke a man’s collar-bone by squashing him following an argument in a pub.

Michael Eldin, of St Lawrence Avenue, Snaith, was told that by kneeling on electrician Daniel Watson with his bulky frame, he could legally have been considered to have used a weapon.

Jobless Eldin, 47, appeared at Hull Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to one charge of causing actual bodily harm in the incident, which took place at the Plough Inn at Snaith, at about 9pm on September 8 last year.

Prosecuting, Jharna Jobes said Eldin argued about his son with Watson, when they both had been drinking, and CCTV showed Mr Watson and Eldin exchange words, before Eldin punched Mr Watson once, and he fell to the ground.

Ms Jobes said: “He is a big man. He then knelt on him and he bashed his head five times against some wooden railings.”

Ms Jobes told the court Mr Watson was taken to hospital with suspected broken ribs and a fractured collar bone from the incident.

Ian Philips, for Eldin, said his client had a partner and two children, but suffered ill-health and survived on benefits, and because of his thrombosis, was unable to complete a community punishment.

Judge John Dowse told Eldin: “Twenty stones of you coming to rest on the complainant caused him a broken collar bone.

“I can imagine the court of appeal would regard this as using a weapon. I accept in this instance the offence was out of character. Nevertheless, violence of this sort, must be punished.”

Eldin was given a four-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £200 compensation.