Thug hit woman after Chesterfield pub fracas

The Trumpeter's Pub, Grangewood.
The Trumpeter's Pub, Grangewood.

A reveller who punched a woman after a pub brawl in Chesterfield has been given a community order.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard, on Wednesday, October 1, how Jack Hopkinson, 23, of Church Street South, Chesterfield, assaulted Lucy Bingham following a fracas at The Trumpeter’s Pub, in Grangewood.

Angela Hadfield, prosecuting, said: “Police received calls about a large fight and it had spilled on to the road.

“There was a large amount of people around a female who was the injured party in this case and she was sitting on the kerb but she had been knocked unconscious.”

The probation service explained Hopkinson had been socialising when he noticed an associate being assaulted in a group and he approached the group which turned on him.

Bob Bashforth, defending, said Hopkinson had pushed and punched a man out of the way who was the main person engaged in the assault on his associate and Hopkinson was also struck and he responded.

But Mr Bashforth explained that as Hopkinson fled he was conscious of a woman behind him and as adrenalin was rushing he punched her.

Hopkinson, who has two previous convictions for assault, pleaded guilty to assaulting Ms Bingham after the incident in June.

Mr Bashforth added: “He regrets what happened and has been concerned about the outcome. He accepts it was not self defence but immediately regretted it.”

The probation service said Hopkinson has shown a pattern of violence particularly where alcohol has been involved.

The court also heard how Hopkinson, who lost a child with his ex-partner during her pregnancy, has suffered with depression.

Magistrates sentenced him to a 12 month community order with a resolve programme and a three-month curfew.

He must also pay £85 costs, a £60 victim surcharge and £100 compensation.