Judge tells pub attacker: ‘This is the last chance, understand?’

The Golden Ball in Poulton
The Golden Ball in Poulton
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A man who put up a drunken struggle during his arrest by police has been given a final chance to mend his ways.

David Barnes was on a suspended prison sentence when he got involved in an incident with two officers in Poulton.

He has now been ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work by a judge who also placed him on a one month tagged curfew, to operate from 8pm-6am each night, and told him “Last chance, understand?”

Barnes, 43, of Chester Avenue, Poulton, had been committed by magistrates to Preston Crown Court for sentencing.

He had pleaded guilty to two offences of resisting a constable in the execution of their duty.

The latest offences date back to last October.

Sue Carter, prosecuting, said Barnes had been at the Golden Ball pub in Poulton on October 10.

The licensee suspected him of being responsible for a fire in the men’s toilet, however he was not responsible.

The police had been called. The defendant was traced to a nearby pub where he was spoken to by two police officers.

His reaction was described as “unexpectedly aggressive”.

Miss Carter said: “He lurched himself towards one officer’s face. The male officer pushed him back.

“He was arrested because of his behaviour and handcuffed. He was kicking out and both officers sustained minor injuries.”

The offences took place while he was on a suspended sentence for an aggravated public order offence.

In November 2012 he was given 12 months prison, suspended for 18 months over an incident where he racially abused someone and threatened to cut the male’s throat.

Chris Hudson, defending, said his client’s grandfather had died a couple of days before the latest incident.

He went to the Golden Ball where someone set fire to a condom machine in the toilets.

“It wasn’t him, but he put the fire out and that’s what made bar staff think he might be involved”.

After that Barnes went to the Lemon Tree restaurant.

He was arrested “with a degree of discord on all sides.

“He had been foolish in drink, regarding the two police officers and in relation to the fact he was subject to a suspended sentence.”

Judge Simon Newell told him as he passed sentence: “Last chance, understand? This is the last chance”.

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