Drinker damaged a pub game machine

From the courts

From the courts

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A DRINKER caused damage in a Barlborough pub after a dispute led to him being refused service.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard last week how Leighton Parker, a regular at the Rose and Crown, was declined drinks because of his behaviour towards a customer.

His response was to punch a charity box and shout at staff and as he left he nearly overturned a gaming machine and damaged its socket, according to the court. He was arrested and told police he had been drinking with a pal and did not know why he was asked to leave.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said the damage was reckless, not intentional. Parker, 25, of Linnet Way, Clowne, admitted damaging property. He has no previous convictions. He received a one-year conditional discharge and must pay £20 compensation, £85 costs, and £15 to a victims-of-crime fund.