DJ threatened in venue by jilted hammer-wielding ex

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A woman who went into a pub wielding a hammer has been jailed.

Gemma Jones had a grudge against the disc jockey working at the King Edward pub on Central Drive, Blackpool.

This was a frightening incident in a public house

She had made threats towards the DJ - and had then been refused drinks by the bar staff.

Jones, 34, of Livingstone Road, Blackpool left the pub only to return holding the claw hammer.

She went towards the DJ and was only halted in her tracks thanks to the intervention of other customers.

Jailing Jones for 20 weeks District Judge Andrew Jebb told her: “This was a frightening incident in a public house.

“Had it not been for the intervention of members of the public you would have hit your victim and you would now be looking at serving a jail sentence lasting for years.”

Jones was also made the subject of a restraining order forbidding him from contacting the disc jockey or entering the King Edward pub and Shenanigins bar where he also works.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said that Jones and the DJ had been in a relationship which had ended.

She had been out drinking with a friend before entering the King Edward where she became aggressive towards him.

She was refused service and then returned home where she took a cocktail of prescription and non prescription drugs on top of her intake of lager and vodka.

She then went back to the pub with the hammer.

Three customers – a woman and a man – then held her back and took the hammer from her.

Jones admitted being drunk and disorderly, possessing an offensive weapon and assaulting the DJ.

Police were called and Jones was arrested.

She had little recollection of what she had done and put herself at nine out of 10 in terms of drunkenness at the time.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said his client was on a suspended jail term at the time of the offences.

“She knows she needs help with her alcohol problems.”

Jones will have to pay £260 court costs.