26th May, 2019

Community order and fines for man who punched a city barman

Worcester Editorial 15th Sep, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A MAN punched a barman in the face and swung at him with a bottle after he refused to serve him anymore alcohol.

Adam Snell, of Wellesley Court, pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates Court on Friday (September 4) to assaulting Shane McKenzie.

Kerry Lovegrove, prosecuting, told the court the victim was working at a bar on Angel Street on Wednesday (August 19), when he was made aware of Snell standing by the DJ booth.

He walked over and find the defendant swaying and shouting and told him he would not serve him any more drinks and Snell became abusive.

The victim decided to call police when the 31-year-old confronted him again at the bar, upset he could bot be served.

He continued to shout and swear at Mr McKenzie although he does not remember exactly what he said.

When Snell approached him he had a bottle of lager in his hand, he hit on the side of his face with he other. He swung at the barman again with the bottle but other members of staff were able to stop him before he was able to connect.

Mr McKenzie had no lasting injuries or marks but during the interview Snell told officers he believed he had smashed the bottle on his head and had headbutted him.

Defence solicitor, David Ollivere, said: “What has taken place on the occasion is very out of character for this man.

“He moved to the area 11 months ago, he moved here for a fresh start.

“He went out drinking in an attempt to make new friends, his family live in Coventry.

“He tried to make full admissions to help the police”

Chair of the bench Fiona James, said: “We have listened to everything that has been said on your behalf and take into account your early guilty plea but this was an unpleasant offence that happened to someone while they were at work.”

Snell was given a community order for six months with a ten day rehabilitation requirement. He was also fined £100 and ordered to pay £105 in prosecution costs, £150 in court charges and a £60 victim surcharge.

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