Punch led to 60 month pub ban and fine

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A reveller has been banned from Chesterfield pubs for 60 months and has been fined after he punched a man in the face during an evening out.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday how Jason Drabble, 42, of Cauldon Drive, Chesterfield, had a row with Richard Burrell at Mojo’s bar in the town before following him out and assaulting him.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “Mr Burrell and Drabble knew one another. Mr Burrell went to Mojo’s and saw Drabble come over. Drabble said to him, ‘you think you’re a hard man’, and Mr Burrell said, ‘no, but I’m not going to be bullied by you’,”

Mr Burrell claimed Drabble continued causing problems and Mr Burrell left the pub and mentioned to door staff there might be trouble and as he went by the Beach Bar Drabble walked up and punched him in the mouth.

Drabble pleaded guilty to assault after the incident in July. He claimed that every time he sees Mr Burrell he gets abuse from him and he jabbed him because he was concerned a full fight was going to happen.

Drabble added that he had not been causing trouble in the pub, had wanted to bury the hatchet with Mr Burrell and he does not go out to punch people. Magistrates accepted there was provocation but stressed Drabble had failed to just walk away.

Chesterfield Pub Watch has banned Drabble from pubs for 60 months, according to Mrs Allsop, and magistrates fined him £37 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.