Man Sobbed in Dock After Hearing Details of His Drunken Behaviour

PUBLISHED: 12:30 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010

A MAN sobbed in the dock at Ely courthouse as magistrates heard how he assaulted a doorman and a police officer outside the Town House pub in Ely, after being thrown out of the premises. Magistrates watched CCTV footage of the incident, and heard how mult

A MAN sobbed in the dock at Ely courthouse as magistrates heard how he assaulted a doorman and a police officer outside the Town House pub in Ely, after being thrown out of the premises.

Magistrates watched CCTV footage of the incident, and heard how multiple sclerosis sufferer Paul Barrett kicked, spat and shouted obscenities.

Barrett, 34, of Linden Way, Haddenham, admitted assaulting doorman Richard Stewart and police officer Peter Wylie during the fracas on November 29.

There were around 200 people in the pub when a female collapsed, and doorman Mr Stewart administered first aid.

"Barrett became aggressive, he was shouting and drunk, saying he thought the female was going to die," said Sally Rose, prosecuting.

Barrett was asked to leave, and when was ejected, he kicked and head butted door staff.

"He locked himself in the doorway and continued to struggle violently. Once outside he shouted and screamed abuse. Door staff called police and tried to restrain him, he was spitting, he spat in Richard Stewart's face."

All three doormen put Barrett on the ground, and police put him into a spit hood. He kicked at a police officer's legs, and was taken to the floor. Barrett continued to scream obscenities.

Mitigating, solicitor Michael Judkins said Barrett smashed a glass on the floor of the pub to alert staff to the girl who had collapsed.

"That set off a chain of events he felt were unjustified," said Mr Judkins. "He was taken out of the premises with some force, he was still shouting about the girl. When outside, he was angry and tried to protest.

"His legs did flail and he accepts that his leg went out and struck the officer on the shin," he added. "He genuinely thought the girl might die."

Barrett was given a 12-month supervision order, and must pay £100 compensation to Mr Stewart and £70 costs.

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