Hotelier hit by customer

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A HOTELIER was attacked after asking a guest to move from behind the bar of his premises.

Jacob Warner claimed he mistakenly thought he was at a lock-in drinking session at the Gainsborough Hotel on the Promenade, Blackpool.

Preston Crown Court heard the hotelier was headbutted, punched and kicked after asking Warner to move away from behind the bar.

The 24-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to common assault.

He was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £150 compensation, plus £350 towards prosecution costs.

Judith McCullough, prosecuting, said just after 11.30pm on June 23 last year, the hotelier noticed Warner behind the bar.

The area was for staff only and he told the defendant to move.

Warner, of Nursery Gardens, Rochdale, made his way back into the customer area, but appeared aggressive.

The hotel owner went towards the reception and the defendant followed him.

Miss McCullough said: “Without uttering a word, the defendant headbutted him in the face.

“The victim stumbled back, the defendant punched him, knocking him to the ground and kicking him to the side of the head.

“Two other staff members intervened. One wrestled him to the ground.

“All three had to restrain him on the ground.”

The hotelier ended up with a lump to the side of his head, a sore jaw and one and a half centimetre cut to his lip.

Joe Hart, defending, claimed Warner was kicked by a barman while he was being restrained.

He said: “It seems to have been a piece of unpleasant, drunken
foolishness by the defendant when he simply wanted to go on drinking.

“He was behind the bar, drinking with the bar man.

“He mistakenly thought he was in a lock-in and would be allowed to carry on drinking. He got angry. He behaved out of line.

“Ultimately, he received something of a beating himself.”

But Judge Jonathan Gibson told Warner: “If you had not resisted in the way you did and lashed out, nothing of the rest of the incident would have happened.

“It was your responsibility”.

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