Flint pub attacker was high on drink and drugs

Published date: 14 February 2014 |
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A MAN high on drink and drugs launched an unprovoked attack on a man in a pub.

Apprentice joiner Adam McColl Gillespie, 26, and his family were so concerned that they took immediate steps to ensure he was sent on a rehabilitation course.

Gillespie, of Bryn Onnen in Flint, admitted the assault at The George and Dragon in Flint one night last October.

He was placed on a 12 month community order with supervision and was sent on a ‘building skills to recovery’ programme run by the probation service.

In addition, he was ordered to pay £300 compensation to his victim, and £145 prosecution costs.

Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold heard how Gillespie went into the pub with others and a female member of his group brushed past a man at the bar on two occasions.

He believed that was unnecessary, asked her if he was in the way because she kept bumping into him, and it was then the defendant said: “don’t ******* speaking to her like that.”

Gillespie threatened to smash the man’s face in.

He then punched the man very hard causing his head to go back and hit the bar and he then punched him a number of times.

The victim did not have a chance to defence himself or to retaliate, said Helen Tench, prosecuting.

Interviewed, Gillespie told police the man had been giving his sister verbal abuse.
He punched him and a scuffle then developed.

When shown the CCTV footage of the incident, Gillespie said he was sorry for what he had done and added: “I am not like that.”

He saod he had drunk six pints of lager and two shots.

The victim ended up with a bruised forehead, a cut upper lip and a suspected broken nose.

Bethan Jones, defending, said Gillespie accepted full responsibility for what he had done and knew it was unacceptable behaviour.

He was not a man of violence but he recalled little of that night because of the alcohol and illegal substances he had taken.

Gillespie came from a respectable, hard working family and such behaviour was totally alien to them.

They had been able to get help through various agencies and he had been on a residential rehabilitation course.

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