Barman attacked after last orders call

Burnley Magistrates' Court
Burnley Magistrates' Court

A man pushed a barman into the optics after last orders were called at a Colne pub, a court was told.

Rudi Lockett (27) who was released from prison in July, also threatened Marc Pickering during the outburst at the Commercial Hotel, Colne. He had been told twice to leave and a doorman had to be called.

Lockett has now been banned from the premises for 12 months. The defendant, of Garnett Street, Barrowford, admitted common assault. He was given 60 hours unpaid work and must pay £50 compensation, £85 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Prosecutor Miss Parveen Akhtar told Burnley magistrates police attended the pub after the incident. A report of assault was received from the landlady via CCTV.

The defendant had asked for a drink after last orders, was refused, went round the other side of the bar and assaulted Mr Pickering.

The prosecutor said the landlady wanted an exclusion order. She added: “She doesn’t accept any violence in the pub or against her staff.”

Mr Nick Cassidy, defending, said while Lockett was in jail, he went on a course to tackle anger management and drinking. On release he got employment with an engineering company and had been working with them until recently.

The solicitor continued: “This defendant accepts now that he has a real issue in relation to alcohol and in relation to his temper.”

Mr Cassidy said Lockett had been with friends playing football, had gone to the local pub for a glass of coke and was persuaded by his peer group to stay for a few beers.