Jubilee bash ends in assault

From the courts
From the courts

A drunk threw beer into a Chesterfield publican’s face when quizzed about an alleged assault in the bar, magistrates heard.

The fracas took place during a Jubilee celebration night at the St Helen’s pub in Sheffield Road on June 5.

Landlord Andrew Little was told shortly after midnight that a woman had been assaulted by a man who was outside the pub.

He saw a woman was holding her face and being tended and he went outside to find her boyfriend asking Leon Pirdue what had happened.

Mr Little stated: “I turned to one of the bar staff and told her to ring police. I asked him what he had done and he threw the contents of a full pint glass straight into my face from about 2ft away.

“I stood off him and he threw the empty glass past my head and ran off.”

Pirdue was chased by customers and detained. CCTV showed him being disruptive inside the pub and pushing balls around on a pool table during a game.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said his elbow had caught a woman on the nose during the incident.

“He denied any incident inside the pub. He said there was an argument and, as a joke, he knocked the pool balls, which upset the couple playing.

“He said he then went outside and denied throwing beer at the landlord, saying he threw the glass to the floor,” added Ms Mahon.

Pirdue, 27,of Nelson Street, Whittingtin Moor, initially denied assaulting Mr Little but changed his plea to guilty. He had a previous conviction for assault.

The bench imposed a 7pm-7am curfew for eight weeks and an order banning him from entering the St Helen’s pub for two years, with £150 costs.

“There was a scuffle between him and another man and the woman went to the floor. She had been on the outside of him and he hadn’t seen her.

“A lot of people were shouting at hm and asking why he had hit the woman but it was an accident. He threw the glass on the floor to try and get people to disperse,” said Felicity Clarke, for Pirdue.

She told the court that Pirdue lived with his grandmother. He had split up with partner and had an autistic son, aged four.

He had been out of work since May, had nothing to do and “hangs around with the wrong people”, said Ms Clarke.

She added: “He was a binge-drinker but he doesn’t drink as much now because he doesn’t want to get into trouble again.

“He is already banned from every pub in Chesterfield for two years under the Pubwatch scheme.”