Man banned from Nelson and Colne pubs after brawl with woman

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.

A MAN who threw a glass at a woman in a pub fall-out and left her scarred has walked free from court.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Charles Smith had been involved in a confrontation with Rebecca Horsfield and she had hit him in the face first. A brawl, involving supporters from both sides, then broke out in the Derby Arms, Colne.

The victim suffered a gash in the middle of her head, which had to be glued. She had been left with a scar and, she would say, changed her hairstyle because of comments about her appearance.

Smith, who has received a suspended jail term for theft since the violence, got another one and has been banned from pubs in Colne and Nelson for a year. The defendant (31), of Bevan Close, Nelson, admitted wounding. He received 10 months in prison, suspended for two years, with 12 months supervision and the Thinking Skills programme. The defendant must also pay £400 compensation.

Mr Adam Watkins (prosecuting) said the defendant and Miss Horsfield, who is in her early 20s, did not know each other.

In the early hours, each was with a separate group and a row took place. The landlord would say Smith asked him to remove Miss Horsfield. The landlord spoke to her and the defendant got in a dispute. Miss Horsfield told him: “Don’t point at me or I will bite your finger off.”

Mr Watkins said the pair began to argue, a man challenged Smith, who became agitated, and Miss Horsfield hit him in the face. Smith’s response was to throw a half pint glass at her. The victim was bleeding and was taken to hospital. The prosecutor added Smith had a lengthy criminal record. The hearing was told he was already banned from some pubs in Colne under the Pub Watch scheme.

Mr Martin Hackett, for Smith, said: “Clearly he should not have acted in the way he did, but until the defendant picking up the glass this was an argument that was going on from both sides and it would seem the first blow landed was by the complainant on the defendant.”