Shirebrook painter and decorator attacked pub doorstaff with metal pole

Scales of justice
Scales of justice

A painter and decorator who swung a metal pole at door staff after he was kicked out of a Mansfield pub was given 120 hours community service.

Gary John Sunderland (45) of Brookfield Crescent, Shirebrook, attacked the staff at the Stag and Pheasant pub on Clumber Street when he jumped the queue to get in.

Appearing before Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, he admitted a charge of common assault, and using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour.

Outlining the case for the Crown Prosecution Service, Ruth Snodin, she said witnesses said they saw Sunderland jump over a temporary barrier in place outside the pub and headed for the bar, where he was followed by door staff.

He was escorted out of the premises but refused to co-operate and grabbed onto the door frame. When he got to his feet he picked up the pole that was being used to form the makeshift barrier outside the pub, and swung it at the staff.

A scuffle ensued as the staff tried to restrain Sunderland.

When the police turned up, they also struggled to get his hands behind his back to put cuffs on him.

He was taken to custody, where he admitted he had ‘been stupid’. He said he had been out with friends and had drunk eight pints of lager.

Defending, Mark Marriott, said his client had been out with old friends and had become separated from them, so he had gone to the Stag and Pheasant knowing it likely they would be there.

He added: “He is a 45-year-old man of entirely good character. He drank way too much and accepted he was way out of order.

He was given a 12 months community order and ordered to pay £100 compensation, £85 costs and a £60 surcharge.