Thug who smashed up car at family BBQ after nobody laughed at joke jailed

A drunken thug who went crazy on a family barbecue and destroyed a car and threatened to set a house on fire after a joke was shot back in prison.

The drenched Gary Peacock, 29, became enraged when another party guest threw his hat off his head in a joke.

Peacock pushed a chair over and hit the man before throwing a glass bottle at him that a woman missed but hit in the head.

The woman needed seven stitches for a cut on the head after the attack on June 26.

He was stopped by other family members, but then stormed out of the party at Worksop, Notts., And got into his white van.

He then plowed the van into another car owned by a man who had attended the barbecue.



He got out of his van and shouted, “You don’t mess with the peacocks!” while pouring liquid from a petrol can onto the car wreck.

Then he took out a lighter and threatened to set the house on fire, throwing the fuel on a woman.

A neighbor came out to say he had to leave, while the fire brigade was called and he eventually left the scene.

Police arrested Peacock and a breathalyzer test showed that he had 59mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – almost twice the legal limit of 35mg.

Peacock, of Worksop, Notts., Admitted to having sustained frequent assault, dangerous driving, drink driving, affray and injuries at Nottingham Crown Court.



On Wednesday (2/9) he was sentenced to 22 months in prison and a driving ban for three years and nine months.

Nottinghamshire Police Department Detective Constable Gemma Patterson said: “There is no excuse for the violence, damage and fear he has caused.

“This was a terrifying night for those at the party. It started innocently enough, in a good mood.

However, an obviously drunk Peacock ruined the evening by starting an unprovoked fight and causing mayhem.

“First by throwing a glass bottle at a woman, with a lot of pain and a hospital visit for the victim.

And then get into his car, deliberately bump into a woman’s car and threaten to set fire to her house, her car, and the woman herself.

“We are pleased with today’s result and we hope that the victims and those who saw it

Peacock’s actions that night are given some consolation that he won’t cause anyone so much trouble for the foreseeable future. “

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