‘Pirate’ launched attack on pub man
12:00pm Saturday 19th January 2013 in News
A PARTYGOER wearing a pirate costumer attacked a stranger — who then sat on him and waited for police.
Liam Brindle, aged 33, of Singleton Avenue, Horwich, waved a plastic sword at his victim during a row at the Queen’s Head pub in Horwich on August 31, Bolton Crown Court heard.
The court was told that Brindle had been drinking for nine hours at a piratethemed party day at the pub when he assaulted Jason Howarth.
CCTV footage played to the court showed that, while wearing a pirate hat and waving a toy sword, Brindle threw an object at Mr Howarth’s head, causing a cut that needed three stitches.
But Mr Howarth was able to tackle Brindle and sat on him until the police arrived and arrested him.
Nick Ross, defending, said Brindle had no recollection of the incident, but he said he was sorry.
He added: “He was left embarrassed and emotional about his actions.
“He had drunk to excess and had been drinking in the pub since 2pm.
“It is his aunt’s pub and he had been to the pub hundreds of times before to play darts. This was completely out of character.”
Recorder Craig Osborne heard that Mr Howarth and his friends were talking in the pub’s beer garden when Brindle invaded his personal space.
“He told the defendant to move away, but he objected and tried to hit Mr Howarth with a bottle,” said David Farley, prosecuting.
Mr Farley added: “He missed with that attempt and then threw an object at the complainant. It is likely that this object was responsible for the injury.”
Brindle had admitted one count of assault at an earlier hearing.
Recorder Osborne ordered Brindle to pay £200 compensation to Mr Howarth, to carry out 120 hours of community service and to observe a 12-month community order.