Karaoke row sees Elvis impersonator doing jailhouse rock

Bournemouth Echo: Randy Light Randy Light

AN Elvis impersonator who attacked another man following an argument over a pub karaoke performance has been jailed for eight months.

Randy Light, 54, from Medway Road, Ferndown, admitted assaulting Jonathan Bennett-Snewin, causing actual bodily harm, on March 7 this year.

Prosecuting at Bournemouth Crown Court, Anita Gibson-Lee said violence had flared after Mr Bennett-Snewin had gone to pick up his wife from the King’s Arms on Wallisdown Road, following a night-out with her friend.

“As they made their way out of the pub towards their car they heard a voice saying: ‘I don’t like you’ before Mr Bennett-Snewin was punched twice in the face and Mr Light was restrained.”

Miss Gibson-Lee added that Light’s bleeding victim had needed 14 stitches to a lip injury and been left permanently disfigured by the assault.

Defending Light, Robert Griffiths said a row had developed after a woman who was hard of hearing had performed a song. He added: “The singing came out in a rather strange fashion and that prompted an argument.

“Mr Light was in the gents’ toilets but he took the view that there was going to be trouble and was trying to protect his brother’s safety. He never intended to cause serious or permanent injury.”

Mr Griffiths told the court that his client was an Elvis impersonator who helped out at a day centre for the elderly where he is known as “The Cooking Elvis”

Sentencing Light, Judge Samuel Wiggs told him: “You had absolutely no right to resort to violence, you are fortunate not to have been charged with a more serious offence.”

There was uproar in the public gallery and protests from Light as he was led away.

Mr Light’s wife Diane said she felt the sentence was too long.

She said: “I just don’t think it was fair on him.

“For his last conviction he got community service, which he did.”

Mr Light’s son-in-law David Smith said he felt the judge would have been more lenient had he seen the CCTV footage, but the disk held in court was damaged.

He said his father-in-law completed his community service for a previous offence - where he drew national attention for singing for the judge in court - at a church in Canford Heath where he cooked for a lunch club. He became known as the cooking Elvis and went back to sing for the lunch club.

Mr Smith said: “He had an Elvis suit and put a gig on for them for free. After his community service the women were asking for him to come back and sing and dance.”

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12:47pm Fri 16 Nov 12

EscapefromBournemouth says...

“For his last conviction he got community service, which he did.” Oh my, this gentleman is not new to the stage then. Another local scrotum with a Krypton Factor of less than 1
“For his last conviction he got community service, which he did.” Oh my, this gentleman is not new to the stage then. Another local scrotum with a Krypton Factor of less than 1 EscapefromBournemouth

1:51pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Bob49 says...

I wonder if he was part of that local Karaoke duo, Pike and Tina Turner
I wonder if he was part of that local Karaoke duo, Pike and Tina Turner Bob49

7:53pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Old Colonial says...

You couldn't make this up!
You couldn't make this up! Old Colonial

3:17pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Hannahillsley says...

no-one can judge him if they don't know him whats in the paper isn't all what happend,No-one will know what really happend only the people who was involved so no-one can make a judge ment of him if they don't know him or know what really happend!, where all missing you all randy!!
no-one can judge him if they don't know him whats in the paper isn't all what happend,No-one will know what really happend only the people who was involved so no-one can make a judge ment of him if they don't know him or know what really happend!, where all missing you all randy!! Hannahillsley

4:27pm Thu 29 Nov 12

shutup123 says...

this is to everyone who has a boring life to sit and read this and comment about it.. what this man has done was not done in spite it was done because the man slaged of his brother and called his daughter a goth.. the guy who he done it to is a stupid vindictive **** who is a liar saying he said things about girls that were death why would he do that when he has a son that is death in one ear.. also john is a man who trys to chat up women and when they knock him bk he calls them name just like he did to randys daughter.. and also john wife is a liar she goes to pubs drinks smokes and dances and sings that makes me laugh... randy is a lovely man that would help anyone. he likes to sing to people this gives everyone a warm feeling inside... this man is loved by everyone his wife and kids and grandkids.. so everyone got somthing to say about this man no the fax right first xxxxx
this is to everyone who has a boring life to sit and read this and comment about it.. what this man has done was not done in spite it was done because the man slaged of his brother and called his daughter a goth.. the guy who he done it to is a stupid vindictive **** who is a liar saying he said things about girls that were death why would he do that when he has a son that is death in one ear.. also john is a man who trys to chat up women and when they knock him bk he calls them name just like he did to randys daughter.. and also john wife is a liar she goes to pubs drinks smokes and dances and sings that makes me laugh... randy is a lovely man that would help anyone. he likes to sing to people this gives everyone a warm feeling inside... this man is loved by everyone his wife and kids and grandkids.. so everyone got somthing to say about this man no the fax right first xxxxx shutup123

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