Uninvited guest turned bride's big day into 'Wild West brawl'

A WEDDING party turned into "a brawl of Wild West saloon proportions" after a man with convictions for cruelty and robbery was invited along.

Shaun Furgusson, 26, was arrested along with his mother after he assaulted the chief bridesmaid and the bride's brother – both of whom needed hospital treatment.

Hull Crown Court heard that Furgusson – who spent time in jail for kidnapping and torturing to death a neighbour's dog – was banned from the wedding of his brother Stephen Furgusson.

But he turned up to the reception at the Cornmill Hotel, in Hull, last September after his mother Teresa rang him and said she felt he should attend.

When he was asked to leave a brawl broke out in which Furgusson, of St John's Grove, Hull, assaulted the chief bridesmaid and the bride's brother – who still needs surgery after tendons in his hand were severed.

Prosecutor Jonathan Devlin said: "It is often said you can choose your friends but you cannot choose your relatives – it is true in relation to this case.

"His mother effectively invited him over the head of the bride and groom.

"She was responsible for the wedding being ruined. There followed what can only be described as a brawl of Wild West saloon proportions."

Judge Roger Thorn QC said it was a "thoroughly nasty offence involving violence in public in front of children," adding: "I blame substantially your mother inviting you to the wedding you were not to attend. What game she was playing I do not know."

Furgusson, who has pleaded guilty to affray, was sentenced to three months in jail, suspended for 12 months and placed under a 12-month supervision order.

He was convicted of robbery in 2000 and last year appeared in court after kidnapping and torturing a dog using a claw hammer, scissors and a broomstick.