'True gent' from Hawarden lashed out after drink and medication

Published date: 04 February 2014 |
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A MAN involved in a fracas at Ewloe Social Club acted out of character, a court heard yesterday.

Christopher Bryan, 51, threw a punch at another man and was restrained by his own partner.

But it was alleged he pushed her and she hit her head on the corner of the bar and fell.

She remained there until a paramedic arrived and she was taken to The Countess of Chester Hospital.

When police officers arrived, he assaulted one of them and resisted another. It took four officers to arrest him.

District Judge Andrew Shaw told Bryan, who had never been in any trouble before, he had acted out of character after mixing alcohol and anti-depression tablets.

Bryan, of Wood Lane, Hawarden, was fined £665 together with £50 compensation and £125 costs.

His court appearance fell on his birthday.

He admitted a public order charge, assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty, and resisting another officer.

After the penalty was imposed, a man from the public gallery came forward and said he was the other man involved with the defendant at the club.

He said he wished to say Bryan was “a true gentleman” and said he believed something must have been put in his drink.

“This man is 100 per cent,” he said.

Chris Jesse, defending, said that it was not such a happy birthday for his client to appear in court.

He had no previous convictions, was in full time employment since the day he left school, but sadly his partner died in February of last year.

They had been together 25 years and she died of cancer.

That knocked him for six, he was on medication and could not really explain his behaviour.

He could only put it down to having a bit too much to drink combined with his medication.

His behaviour was shameful, he did not condone it, and he was not the type to do it.

“This is not Mr Bryan,” his solicitor said.

He had met a new partner, they were putting a deposit down on a house in Buckley and was hoping to make a fresh start.

The judge said he would not make an order excluding the defendant from the social club.

He was told that the club management committee would decide whether or not to discipline him internally.

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