Customer bit and headbutted Falmouth barman
7:00am Monday 22nd October 2012 in News
A BARMAN was grabbed by the throat, headbutted and bitten on the arm when a drunk customer attacked him after being asked to leave.
Nicholas Dennis, 54, of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, pleaded guilty to assaulting Marc Elliott at Five Degrees West in Falmouth on August 16.
Dennis told the police he had been to a festival that day and had drunk four pints of real ale. His memory went blank afterwards so that he remembered nothing of what happened in the bar, coming to in the police van. Martin Pearce, for Dennis, said he had both legs crushed several years ago in a serious incident, leaving him walking with a stick.
Staff had been right to use reasonable force in asking him to leave, but when Mr Elliott touched his back, he instinctively reacted as he was in agony. He had been manhandled, but quite rightly, and was remorseful of how he reacted.
Dennis was given a curfew order for the next eight weeks from 8pm to 8 am and told to pay £150 compensation and £85 costs.