Whitstable glassing thug Robert Foulger caring for dad spared jail
by Paul Hooper
A father-of-three who smashed a glass into the face of a pub
drinker has been spared jail... because he is caring for his dying
Loving son Robert Foulger, 46, claimed if he was sent to
prison for the nasty attack his 90-year-old dad would have to go
into a home.
His barrister Paul Hogben told Canterbury Crown Court the
father was suffering from serious illnesses and might die "within a
matter of months".
"If he goes to jail he would not be there for his father."
Divorced Foulger, of Chestfield Road, Whitstable, had been
convicted of unlawfully wounding Danny Goodall in the Plough pub in
Swalecliffe in June last year.
But a judge warned him had he been convicted of the more
serious wounding with intent charge he would have been sent to
prison for up to six years.
Instead he was given a two-year jail sentence - suspended for
two years - and told he had to do 200 hours of unpaid
He had denied both charges, but was convicted of the lesser
Trevor Wright, prosecuting, revealed how Mr Goodall, who
had been staying at the pub, was drinking in the bar where Foulger
was with his son Alfie and daughter Daisy.
Mr Wright said the victim became aware that abuse was being
directed at the bar manager Alan Coker by Foulger, who had downed
six or seven brandies.
Mr Goodall told foul-mouthed Foulger to shut up and the two
began arguing "for about 10 seconds".
It was then that Foulger, who had a glass in his hand, walked
over to his
"You have escaped going to jail by the skin of your teeth…” – Judge James O'Mahony
struck him in the face – causing the glass to smash on impact.
Mr Goodall later needed stitches for a 3cm cut to his face.
Foulger – who later rated himself "6/7 out of 10" for being
drunk – claimed the argument had been started by Mr Goodall who had
punched him in the face.
Mr Hogben said the attack was "totally out of character" by
Foulger, who quit work 16 months ago to take care of his
"His father suffers from very serious mental problems and is
unable to care for himself. The defendant's concern is not for
himself but for his father."
Judge James O'Mahony told Foulger: "That just about saves you
from going straight to prison.
"You have escaped going to jail by the skin of your teeth."
Foulger was also told he will be under partial house arrest for
the next three months – and will have to remain in his home between
6pm and 6am.
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