Thug lawyer, 52, who brutally headbutted friend at children’s rugby match leaving him with detached retina and loss of vision is struck off
- Gavin Dowell was struck off as a solicitor after headbutting Mark Scoble in 2014
- He was coaching an under-16 rugby team and lost his temper with the referee
- Scoble was left with a bone protruding from his head due to Dowell’s headbutt
- The solicitor had said ‘why, do you want some too?’ before attacking Scoble
Gavin Dowell, 52, was struck off as a solicitor following the brutal touchline attack on Mark Scoble in 2014
A thug lawyer who headbutted a friend at a children’s rugby match and left him with devastating injuries was today banned from the profession.
Gavin Dowell, 52, was struck off as a solicitor following the brutal touchline attack on peacemaker Mark Scoble in Bristol in 2014.
Mr Scoble was left with a bone protruding from his head and faces at least 60 per cent vision loss after his retina became detached.
Father-of-five Dowell, who was coaching Old Bristolians under-16 rugby team, lost his temper with the referee after his son clashed with another boy during an away match, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard.
As Mr Scoble attempted to intervene, Dowell headbutted him with such force that he was instantly knocked out.
The court was told how Mr Scoble made repeated attempts to calm his friend down and told him to move away, before standing between the defendant and the referee and putting his hand on Dowell’s shoulder.
The solicitor then said ‘why, do you want some too?’ before launching himself headfirst.
Father-of-five Dowell, who was coaching Old Bristolians under-16 rugby team, lost his temper with the referee after his son clashed with another boy during an away match, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal said it had no hesitation in banning Dowell for life.
The panel heard how the 2014 attack took place in front of frightened children and that Mr Scoble was left ‘seriously injured’.
Chairman Roger Nicholas said: ‘Mr Scoble had lost vision in his left eye which it was likely he would not fully recover.
‘He had suffered financially as he had been unable to work for some six weeks.
‘The incident had had a tremendous effect on Mr Scoble who had suffered, and continued to suffer, serious psychological symptoms as a result.
‘The incident had taken place before many children at the rugby match, including [Dowell’s] own sons and Mr Scoble’s son.’
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The solicitor then said ‘why, do you want some too?’ before launching himself headfirst at Mr Scoble
Mr Nicholas continued: ‘Harm had been caused to the children, particularly the sons who had witnessed the incident.
‘One of the witness statements described the sons as being distraught.’
Dowell, a solicitor of 27 years’ experience, was spared jail over the attack by a judge at Gloucester Crown Court in 2016 and ordered to complete 300 hours of community service.
The SDT ordered him to pay costs of £9,200. He was previously ordered to pay his victim £10,000 in compensation.
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