A wedding reception ended in disaster when a family brawl over a piece of chicken saw the bride’s sister punched unconscious – by her own uncle.
Krystel Coleman, 29, was left with a broken nose and two black eyes after Curt Hughes, 53, allegedly punched her at her sister Karyssa’s wedding
The fight erupted when the best man pushed into the buffet queue to get food for his son, which is said to have upset uncle-of-the-bride Hughes.
The 53 year old lorry driver is said to have then hit best man, and brother-of-the-groom, Danny Smethurst, 30, and the bride’s father Kevin Coleman, 52.
Ten police vehicles had to be sent to Caldecott Hall hotel in Fritton near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, as angry wedding guests fought in the car park outside the reception.
Even the bride’s mother Liza Coleman, 47, was knocked to the ground during the scuffle last Friday.
Bride Karyssa Smethurst, 28, of Gorleston, Norfolk, who is eight months pregnant, then had to drive her sister Krystel to hospital after an ambulance failed to turn up.
The groom, Ben Smethurst, 26, said the brawl started at the buffet table after his brother reached over to get a piece of chicken for his 11-year-old son.
He said: ‘Curt thought he was pushing in the queue, and called him “a fat c***”. My brother just told him there was no need to use that sort of language.
‘People were them dancing and enjoying themselves and everything was fine until it was time to leave.
‘Curt was heard saying that he should never have come to the wedding as it was s*** and the food was crap.
‘He was just trying to belittle my wedding so my brother Danny said, ‘Why don’t you just f*** off then you d*******’. Danny then got punched.’
Wedding disaster: Ben and Karyssa Smethurst had their special day ruined when her uncle started a fight with Ben’s brother at the buffet and allegedly punched him and Karyssa’s father as well as gave Karyssa’s sister Krystal a broken nose and two black eyes, leaving her unconscious for 20 minutes
Day of joy: Ben and Karyssa pose for their wedding photo with maid-of-honour Krystal, left, and best man Danny Smethurst, right, before the reception turned sourMother-of-three Krystel, also of Gorleston, Norfolk, said: ‘My mum went up to Curt to push him out into the car park and told him, ‘Don’t you ruin my daughter’s wedding’.
‘Then Curt’s wife Elaine who is my mum’s sister got involved. They were both shouting at my mum.
‘I went over to Curt and said, “What are you playing at? Leave my mum alone”. Then he punched me.
‘I was out cold for about 20 minutes and was taken to the toilet where I was laid out on the floor until I came round.
‘My dad went up to Curt and they were pushing each other. Then my dad got hit and was left with a big lump on his head.
‘Another five or six people got involved. One bloke jumped on Curt’s back to try and stop him because he was going crazy.
‘My mum also ended up on the floor and was knocked out for a little while.
‘My sister tried to come rushing out but everyone was holding her back as she was just three weeks away from giving birth.
‘Curt was about to get in a taxi, but Karyssa bravely told the driver not to take him until police arrived.’
Mr Hughes, a former bouncer of Bradwell near Great Yarmouth was arrested on suspicion of assault and later released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Beauty therapist Krystel said she came round to hear her younger son Diego, five, saying ‘Mummy’s dead’ after he saw her lying on the floor.
Krystel added: ‘It was supposed to be my sister’s special day and it was ruined at the end.
‘It had been so special up until then, honestly a perfect day. Kurt was arrested and is now out on bail.
‘The worst bit is, he hasn’t apologised. It’s just dreadful.’
A Norfolk Police spokesperson said: ‘Police were called to Caldecott Hall Hotel in Fritton, near Great Yarmouth, shortly before midnight on Friday 5 July following reports of a disturbance.
‘Officers arrived on scene to find a number of people involved in an altercation and a woman in her 20s suffered facial injuries during the incident.
‘A 53-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault and released on bail while the investigation continues.’
Elaine Hughes, 48, said: ‘My husband does not wish to comment.’
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