The landlord of a Flintshire pub was knocked out by a man who had been banned from the premises.
Defendant Gareth Mostert, 34, admitted assaulting Robert Dullighan, licensee of The Lighthouse public house at Talacre, last December and two charges of threatening to cause damage to the pub after he inundated his victim with abusive phone calls after the attack.
Mostert, of Gamfawen Road, Talacre, received a 14 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to carry out 300 hours unpaid work. He must pay his victim £1,000 compensation and £500 costs to the prosecution and he was placed on a 9pm to 6am curfew for three months.
Judge Niclas Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court, branded it ‘persistent, aggressive violence’ by a man who knew he was barred from the pub.
“You were in drink, you went to cause trouble,” the judge told him.
“The most serious feature is this was a public servant, attacked in his place of work who was left with very nasty injuries. You followed that up with serious threats.”
But the court heard Mosert was a hard working man, nine months had passed without further offending and the judge said that Mostert seemed to have returned to being a more normal person. He said in the circumstances a his prison term would be suspended.
Emmalyne Downing, prosecuting, said Grosert turned up at the pub’s door asking for a customer as Mr Dullighan was closing for the night.
He was told the person he sought had left but Mostert then said he just wanted a drink.
He was asked to leave and Mr Dullighan followed him to the door intending to lock it.
But Mostert turned, pushed him up against a window and said that he knew where he lived.
Another man went to assist and Mosert let go. But he then ran towards Mr Dullighan and knocked him unconscious.
Mosert had punched him to the mouth and Mr Dullighan needed 10 stitches to the inside of the mouth and 16 to the outside. He had trouble eating for several days and was dizzy.
After the attack the victim received a series of about 15 phone calls from Mosert.
He was shouting down the phone, demanding the return of his glasses and he then demanded £500 or he would cause untold damage to the pub.